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(Studio) Snow and ice storms across north United States described, shown.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Chicago, Illinois) Plight of those unable to pay heating bills this winter examined. [Denise and Glen STEVENSON - discuss their inability to provide heat due to $10,000 gas bill.] Increased prices for home gas since 1977 noted. [Consumer advocate Gail SIEGEL - anticipates hard times for many.] States shutting off utilities to more than 1 million households, last year illustrated on map. [Utility executive James PITTS - defs. policy.] No. major utilities relaxing shutoff policies this year to aid poor and unemployed mentioned; Kansas City's gas company cited as example [Utility exec. William WALL - will make sure all have gas who need it for heat.] [Dennis BURTON - describes efforts to live on unemployment benefits.]
REPORTER: Frank Currier
- Currier, Frank;
- Rather, Dan
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