ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 05, 1974
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(Studio) Washington, DC meeting between government and truckers conts. in effort to end truckers' strike.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(DC) Govt. announces immediate freeze on diesel fuel prices. Details of freeze outlined. Energy czar William Simon, President' top labor aide W.J. Usery and Pennsylvania Governor Milton Shapp rush to White House before diesel fuel freeze announced. [SIMON - explains government move.]
REPORTER: Jerry Landay
(DC) Truckers unhappy with government proposal; rollback in diesel prices demanded by truckers. Truckers' demands outlined.
REPORTER: Bill Zimmerman
(Studio) As effort conts. to halt strike, nation faces shortages caused by shipment delays. Agriculture Secretary Earl Butz warns much fresh produce will be lost if strike conts. Widespread violence conts.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(Williamsburg, Iowa) Truckers travel in groups with police protection. 70-truck convoy passes through Iowa without incident, carrying meat and other perishables to N.E. mkts. State police promise to protect drivers, cargo and trucks along route.
REPORTER: Ron Miller
(Ohio-Pennsylvania border) Ind. hurt by truckers strike, incling. auto, steel plant. [Republic Steel Corporation Paul WIGTON - says workers to slow down and gradually stop production if truckers' strike doesn't end.] [Chamber of Commerce Weston JOHNSTONE - concedes strike has ripple effect throughout econ.] National Guard called out to protect truckers. [JOHNSTONE - explains guard's duty.] [Ohio National Guard Colonel Richard LANDER - says presence of National Guard deters some violent acts.]
REPORTER: Greg Dobbs
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