CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jul 03, 1969
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(Studio) Nixon administration strikes down absolute desegregation deadline for South schools. Says may be good reasons for limited delay in some districts. HEW Secretary Robert Finch and Attorney General John Mitchell read statements.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(DC) Statement reflects compromise in meeting campaign promises and trying not to break Civil Rights breakthroughs. Reprieve offered for 263 districts facing court suits or fund cut-off by proving they can't physically meet September deadline. Officials don't expect more than 20 to apply for extensions. [Assistant Attorney General Jerris LEONARD - says matter of admin. addressing self to maximum compliance with law. Many will read it as they want to.] [Department of Health, Education and Welfare Undersecretary John VENEMAN - says no relations between this battle and Knowles appointed] Finch moves to cut off funds for 3 more districts. Justice Department plans court suit for unnamed South states.
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr
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