Chuck Smith

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.

DISABLED GRAD RATES DECLINE:   Texas students with disabilities graduate at lower rates than their peers – and that gap is widening. That’s what Justin Porter – the Texas Education Agency’s statewide director of special education – told the state Senators during the Texas Senate Education Committee hearings last Friday. 

“The data for graduation rates trails by a couple of years," explained Porter. "So the most recent that we have here is 2016, but the trajectory there is definitely not going the right direction"

TEXAS KID COUNT-  About  one  in  three kids under  the  age  of five  are  considered  to  be  at high  risk  of  being  undercounted in the 2020 Census.  This  finding  is  a  pretty  big  deal   for Texas  according  to  a  new "State of Texas Children" report  from  the  Center  for  Public Policy  Priorities.   Kristie Tingle  is  a  researcher for the children's  advocacy  group.   She  told public  radio's  Texas  Standard  the undercount  could lead to less help for Texas children in need. 

"It could also affect our funding for these programs that 

EPA METHANE ROLLBACKS -  Oil and gas drillers across Texas could soon be allowed to emit a lot more methane into the air.    According  to  Houston Public Media, the  Environmental Protection Agency  is moving to roll-back some Obama-era rules on monitoring oilfield methane leaks.   The Trump Administration says its proposal would save energy companies about 484 million dollars in regulatory costs.