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CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 15, 1978
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(Studio) Plans for resumption of coal strike negotiations, at White House at President Carter's request, noted. Coal operators' 1st refusal to attend, then decision to do so detailed.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Background of recent dvts. leading to tonight's meeting between operators and union representatives at White House given. President Carter's reaction to operators' initial rejection of invitation described, and Labor Secretary Ray Marshall's talks with operators, resulting in agreement to attend meeting, noted. Prospects for future negotiations cited.
REPORTER: Robert Pierpoint

(Studio) President's meeting on Thursday with govs. of strike-affected states mentioned, along with work of task force to minimize economy damage. Upcoming power cuts in IN and armed guard for movement of coal through state reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Indianapolis, IN) Report on coal truck convoy, guarded by state police and National Guard, which began near Princeton, IN. Truckers' trouble with nails strewn in road noted. [Trucker James DAY - says nails are new.] [UMW official Sam LUTZ - says nails were definitely put there to keep truckers from getting out.] IN governor's statement with regard to situation and UMW reaction to armed guard cited. [MAN - says violence not condoned.] [2nd MAN - says miners would hit trucks if not for armed guard.] [3rd MAN - wouldn't haul coal without guard.] Arrival of some coal via train to Indianapolis noted. White House agreement to allow relaxation of environmental controls in IN so high-sulfur coal can be burned temporarily reported.

(Studio) Posting of guard on coal shipments described as indication of miners' depth of feeling about strike.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Charleston, West Virginia) [Miner Walter LAWSON - says all nonunion coal, in Kentucky, West Virginia and in West, must be stopped.] [Lewis BURKE - says if nonunion coal not stopped, it will break miners' backs.] Miners' position on mining and shipment of nonunion coal and effect of this on contract negotiations cited. [O.V. HIRSCH - notes statements made early in strike about miners' weaknesses and large stkpiles.; says companies and stkpiles. have been beaten.] Renewed calls for UMW (United Mine Workers of America, International Union) president Arnold Miller's resignation and defiance of President Carter's possible invocation of Taft-Hartley Act reported [Bill LANE - says Taft-Hartley invocation won't work and if troops used, coal won't be taken from mines.] [MAN - sings song about situation.]

(Studio) House passage of bill liberalizing benefits for victims of black lung disease reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Faw, Bob;
Pierpoint, Robert;
Rabel, Ed

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