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Chuck Smith brings more than 30 years'  experience to Red River Radio  having started out as a radio news reporter and moving into television journalism as a newsmagazine producer / host,  talk-show moderator, programming director and managing producer and news director / anchor  for commercial, public broadcasting and educational television.  He has more recently worked in advertising, marketing and public relations as a writer, video producer and media consultant.   In pursuit of higher learning,  Chuck studied Mass Communications at Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia and motion picture / television production at the University of California at Los Angeles.   He has also taught writing for television at York Technical College in Rock Hill, South Carolina and video / film production at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport.

PEACEFUL PROTEST IN SHREVEPORT - It was a sunny and pleasant Sunday afternoon as hundreds of people gathered at the Shreveport SporTran intermodal bus terminal on Murphy Street to participate in a peaceful march organized by the Shreveport chapter of Black Lives Matter. Marchers began on Texas Avenue and headed to the Caddo courthouse in downtown Shreveport. The purpose of the march was in protest to the death of George Floyd who died while being detained by Minneapolis Police.

CONTROVERSIAL FACEBOOK POST?-  The incident of the Minneapolis man who died  during an arrest has made headlines all across the nation if not the world over and its impact has been felt in Shreveport due to a recent social media post made by a Shreveport police officer that made waves  the past couple of days.  According to a report by the Shreveport Times,  Sergeant Brent Mason allegedly made a post on his personal Facebook account and gave the opinion  the Minneapolis police officers' actions during the arrest (specifically placing a knee across the neck of the suspect Ge

RARE ILLNESS IN KIDS—   Louisiana health officials say 13 children in the state have developed a rare inflammatory disease related to the new coronavirus, and one has died.  Gov. John Bel Edwards gave an update Wednesday on Louisiana cases of what is now known as multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children.

SURGE IN YOUNGER PEOPLE - While health officials have stressed that those who are at most risk for getting the Covid19 illness are elderly and in poor health,  there has been an uptick in cases among younger people.  Such is the case in Arkansas as yesterday Governor Asa Hutchinson revealed some new data during his press conference update on the status of Covid19 in the state.

"The cases grew from 190 on May 17th to 278," explained Hutchinson. "That's a 46% increase among the zero-to-17 (years) age group."


TEXAS JOB LOSSES - The  Texas  unemployment rate  for April  is the worst on the state’s record.   For the month of March, it was at 4.7-percent.  Now, it has  since skyrocketed.  Cisco  Gamez is with the Texas Workforce Commission and explains more.

“The Texas unemployment rate for April 2020 is 12.8-percent due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic,"Gamez explained. "12.8-percent is lower than the national average of 14.7-percent.”                       

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana  House legislative leaders are clashing with Gov. John Bel Edwards over how to use Louisiana’s $535 million budget surplus, as the state faces new budget pressures during the coronavirus outbreak.   The Democratic governor  has proposed  to spend much of the surplus on state building repairs, road and bridge work, coastal protection projects and levee work. The Edwards’ administration says the projects could stimulate an economy struggling because of the pandemic and put people to work.

FAILED NCAA GUIDELINES - The National Collegiate Athletic Association , (the NCAA ) says Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas will vacate 289 wins and conference championships across multiple sports as punishment for inaccurately certifying players’ academic  eligibility from 2013-2019. 

GAMING INDUSTRY DELAY-   A big part of Louisiana’s economy includes the gaming industry, as there are 20 casinos and 199 truck stop video facilities that generate $700 million in annual state taxes.  The gaming business also employs a lot of people both directly and indirectly so there’s a lot at stake at having these businesses reopen  even  if partially as outlined in Governor John Bel Edwards  Phase One Coronavirus guidelines.

BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION - Experts say to expect more bankruptcies in the oil and gas industry over the coming months. The coronavirus pandemic and a global oversupply of oil continues to keep prices low.  So low that companies are reporting billions in losses, slashing budgets, and laying off workers.   Charlie Beckham specializes in oil and gas bankruptcies at the Texas law firm Haynes and Boone located in Houston.  He says companies may not be making enough money to pay off their debt.

STATE SPENDING CUTS? -  The Louisiana Legislature is back in session after adjourning late in March due to Coronavirus concerns.   There’s a lot on tap for the coming weeks ahead and undoubtedly a big concern among lawmakers is how the Coronavirus affected state finances and what the long-lasting impact will be.