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Congress / Government Reorganization / Water Projects #251191

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 29, 1977
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(Studio) House passes bill giving President Carter authority to reorg. government; details noted. House Budget Committee votes agreement with Carter plan to cut out some water projects; Senator voted to require expenditures for projects; there could be fight on House floor. 1 such project is Tennessee Tombigbee project in Alabama and Mississippi and it's subject of hearing today in Columbus, Mississippi.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Columbus, Mississippi) Construction workers march through town protesting possible cut of project and are led by Mississippi Governor Cliff Finch. [FINCH - says project needed from any point of view.] Carter and Army Corp of Engineers question econ. feasibility of waterway which would connect southe. coal operators and Midwest farmers directly with Mobile, Alabama, port. Econ. effect of project on towns in area prompts many residents to attend hearing, demanding and getting support for it from area pols. [Alabama Governor George WALLACE - pledges support to get project contd.] Environmentalists protesting destruction of Tombigbee River are outnumbered. [James TRIPP - says it's crime to destroy river and its area.] Despite feelings here, indications are Carter will recommend stopping project.
REPORTER: Bruce Hall

Cronkite, Walter;
Hall, Bruce

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