NBC Evening News for Monday, Feb 04, 1974
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(Studio) Mbrs. of House and Senator decide on price rollbacks of crude oil; both Hses. must pass bill 1st. Senator Henry Jackson proposes bill; estimates 5 cent decrease per gallon in price. Decision comes in wake of truckers' strike called to protest fuel scarcity and rising fuel prices. Washington, DC meeting conts. in effort to end truckers' strike. Violence and unemployment mark strike.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Guardsmen called out by Governor Milton Shapp to protect working truckers. Few trucks venture onto road; not many shipments reach destination. [Food broker Frank PONTARI - reports 7 out of 50 trucks reach his warehse.] Truckers terrified at violence; many fly back home if cargo reaches destination. Shortages haven't reached retail level yet.
REPORTER: Robert Hager
(Elizabeth, New Jersey) Oil companies are target of truckers' pickets. Gulf Oil refinery picketed by truckers. Elizabeth, New Jersey, mayor begins rationing program; gasoline available in small quantities only in New Jersey. Stations near schools ordered to close while children leave and enter schools.
REPORTER: Richard Hunt