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. Senate Video

ABORTION RIGHTS BILL:  Yesterday,  senators in Louisiana’s Judiciary Committee  debated  over a  proposal  to  implement  a  ban on  abortion  after  15  weeks  of  pregnancy .  Louisiana’s current  law  prohibits  abortions  after 20 weeks. Sponsored by Sen. John Milkovich, D-Shreveport, Senate Bill 181 matches one in the State of Mississippi, which  is currently being challenged in federal court.  Critics argue that further restricting access to abortion could raise questions about constitutionality.

Courtesy: Longview PD Facebook

DRUG TAKE BACK:  The City of Longview, Texas Police Department is having a “Prescription Drug Take Back” Day … Today from 10am to 2pm  You can drop off your old medications at 302 W. Cotton Street in Downtown Longview.   Officer Jeff Hall with the Longview Police Department explains more.

Courtesy: Texans Care For Children

TEXAS TEEN PREGNANCY - According to a new study released today, teenagers in foster care in Texas are FIVE times more likely to become pregnant than other teens in the state.  Kate Murphy with the group Texans Care for Children, the group that conducted the study. Murphy says her research found state lawmakers have a lot of work to do to prevent pregnancy among teens in foster care. Murphy says caseworkers could also be better about telling foster teens – who are all on Medicaid – that they have access to birth control.

Courtesy: LSU Manship School News Services

TOPS GETS SUPPORT- HOSPITALS DON'T -  Louisiana’s House Appropriations Committee met in Baton Rouge yesterday to address funding the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students,  the  popular scholarship program known as TOPS. The committee voted to fully fund TOPS given a recent revelation that the state’s budget shortfall will be lower than first anticipated as it’s been projected some $350 million dollars more in the budget due to Federal Tax reform, a better state economy,  and higher oil prices.