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CBS Evening News for Thursday, Mar 15, 1979
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(Studio) Redwood Empl. Protection program (REP) explained.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Eureka, California) Lloyd Shumard's payment by government for not working as lumberjack noted; REP program said response to estimate of Redwood National Park. Film shown. Criticism of unempl. benefits under program outlined; General Accounting Office report mentioned. FBI investigation with regard to false claims cited. [SHUMARD - comments.] Shumard's receipt of nearly $1000/wk. in unempl. compensation said valid. Response of unempl. timbermen in area to idea of working noted. [Cal.-Pacific manager Doug CLAYTON - comments.] [Former mill owner Grant RAMSEY - comments with regard to amount of unempl. benefits.] [Unempl. recipient Elmer CORNEALIUS - comments.] Cornealius' present status cited. Lack of retraining prog. since Carter signed Redwood bill stated. Possible conflict of interest of a program administration, Alfred Lassley, and his refusal to be interviewed detailed; Lassley shown. [SHUMARD - defends Lassley.] Concern of local business leaders with regard to controversy detracting from area's needs reported Program said to end in 1984.
REPORTER: Terry Drinkwater

Cronkite, Walter;
Drinkwater, Terry

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