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: TOPS

LA. BUDGET REVISION-   Louisiana’s  state  law required  Gov. John Bel Edwards  to  submit  a  balanced budget  to  the  Legislature  which  he  did  this  past January.   At  the  time  the  fiscal cliff/ budget shortfall was  estimated  to  be  around  $1 billion dollars…due  to temporary  sales  taxes  expiring  in  July.   Edwards’  proposal  removed  all  of  the  state’s  funding  to  the TOPS  scholarship  program - that’s  80  percent  of  the program’s  total  budget.

Courtesy: Chuck Smith / Red River Radio News

NEW FORECAST SHOWS LOWER SHORTFALL - Louisiana is expected to have a budget  shortfall, when the “FISCAL CLIFF”  happens July 1st  as  temporary sales taxes expire.    Yesterday,   the state income forecasting  panel  shared  revised  revenue  projections  from  a  $1 billion-dollar shortfall  to  around  $648 Million.  This new  forecast  is  based  on  expected  tax collection improvements,  largely tied to the recent  federal  tax overhaul passed by Congress.   So it means the state has about $340 million more to work with and while it’s an