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Oklahoma Welfare #464920

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 06, 1972
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(Studio) Welfare costs fell in January by $12 million due to lower medical costs for poor. Number people getting welfare increases.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Caney, OK) Phil Conkling homesteads 10 acres of land, part of 160 acres made available to 10 Oklahoma families by State Office of Econ. Opportunity. Lend carved into small grape farms, given to low-income families on welfare or returning vets to help them become self-supporting. If farms show a profit, families can buy land from state. Surplus Air Force trailers used until housing built. [OK Governor David HALL - surprised at large number applications, proving pioneer spirit is still there. Favors self-help alternatives to welfare. [Philip CONKLING - says opportunity is a blessing.] [Homesteader Wesley SETH - says it's a new lease on life.]
REPORTER: Fred Briggs

Briggs, Fred;
Chancellor, John

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