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Poverty / Appalachia #470016

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Apr 29, 1973
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(Studio) Are many more poor whites in country than poor blacks. Appalachia hard core poverty area. President Kennedy and Johnson both tried to reduce poverty here, but little progress made.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

(Appalachian Mtns.) In 1963 President Kennedy began program of aid to depressed Appalachian area. In 1950's many coal mines in area closed due to reduced demand for coal. Other mines became mechanized and many coal miners left unemployed. Govt. programs have helped some. New roads have opened, new factories and new vocational schools built to try to improve area's economy Now Nixon wants to kill OEO. With death Office of Economic Opportunity will come closure of some government factories. Appalachian area still desperately needs help from government 1/2 children of area drop out of primary school. 1/3 hses. have no plumbing. Death rate is twice as high as national average. Unemployment in some areas is 60%. To drop Office of Economic Opportunity programs here would be crime.
REPORTER: Ron Nessen

Nessen, Ron;
Utley, Garrick

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