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US-USSR Wheat Deal #228906

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, May 09, 1973
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(Studio) Much of wheat sold to USSR still sits in port.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Houston, Texas) Longshoremen in Houston go on strike because of threat of pay cut. Wheat in storage there destined for USSR cannot be shipped. 14 American ships which all receive government subsidy, sit in port idle. [Dep. Port Commissioner C.E. BULLOCK - says ships have been in port for as long as 2 mos. Loading has been slow because wheat arrives Houston in unconventional rail cars which are difficult to unload.] By time all grain delivered taxpayers will have paid $40 million in subsidies.

Cronkite, Walter;
Rabel, Ed

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