ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 19, 1996
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(Capitol Hill: John Cochran) Meeting of President Clinton with southern governors to spotlight the problem of church fires in the South featured; scenes shown from fire sites. [CLINTON - says the fires do not seem to be a conspiracy, but are racially motivated.] [Virginia Governor George ALLEN, North Carolina Governor Jim HUNT - comment.] House passage of a measure making prosecution of a church arsonist easier noted. [Senator Lauch FAIRCLOTH - calls church burning a despicable crime.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Interview held with South Carolina Governor David Beasley about the church fires. [BEASLEY - calls the meeting productive; explains why solving the criminal fires is difficult.] Arrest of two black men in North Carolina on charges of setting a black church on fire and reports that the Rocky Point, North Carolina, fire and today's Maryland fire were caused by faulty wiring noted.
(Washington: Carole Simpson) The link of the escalation of church fires to the recent media coverage examined. [International Association of Fire Chiefs Gary BRIESE - says there are copycat fires.] Map shown of church fires in the South since January 1995. [Washington Post Howard KURTZ, Southern Christian Leadership Conference Reverend Joseph LOWERY - offer differing opinions on the media coverage.]