Chuck Smith

News Producer

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.

Courtesy: La. State Gov.

MONEY FOR FLOOD MITIGATION: Louisiana is spending $277 million in federal cash received after last year's March and August floods to fortify communities against future disasters.  And so  Gov. John Bel Edwards is traveling the state to explain the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and why it was established. The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Plans include buyouts of flood-prone properties, improved drainage, and home elevations.   But the Edwards administration says the dollars are woefully short of what is needed to improve Louisiana's resilience in storms.

Courtesy: CNN

Both of Arkansas's Republican senators,  Tom Cotton and John Boozman, have long favored ending the Affordable Care Act but they are avoiding public comment about the now-flopped  GOP repeal and replace plan.   Cotton and Boozman were on the planning committees to work on a Republican replacement plan. Now they both favor  REPEAL before REPLACEMENT  which for Cotton is a shift in direction.  But closer to home,  Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson doesn't believe Congress should delay in crafting a replacement plan as he explained Tuesday on CNN.