ABC Evening News for Friday, Aug 24, 1973
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(Studio) Short fuel supply in Memphis, Tennessee, adds to busing issue.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Memphis, Tennessee) Bd. of education doesn't have gasoline to run buses to bus children for racial balance. City refuses to share gas with school system. [Maxine SMITH - believes mayor uses gasoline shortage as last ditch effort to halt desegregation.] [Mayor Wyeth CHANDLER - denies using gasoline shortage to stop busing. Vital services of city must have gasoline to keep Memphis functioning.] Fewer white students to attend public schools this year [School board president Hunter LANE - believes racial mixing good for children socially, but environmental may override any benefit of integrated education.] Court ordered busing drives more and more white children to private schools; racial imbalance worsens.
REPORTER: Ron Miller
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