NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 17, 1976
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(Studio) Washington, DC federal judge denies injunction asked for by environmentalists. Blackbirds in Kentucky and Tennessee to be killed soon.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Russellville, Kentucky) 77 million blackbirds live in Kentucky and Tennessee. 6 million here. Interior Department considers this roost health hazard. Blackbirds blamed for disease of histoplasmosis. [Cnty. public health, Royce WOOD - compares disease to tuberculosis and flu.] Birds damage crops and livestk. [Dairy farmer, Ray NEELEY - says birds cost him $100-125 per day.] [Dillard LIGHT - says bird dropping eats paint off car, which must be washed daily.] [Attorney Joe WHEELER - compares environmentalists' action to his going to Northern city and getting injunction against killing of rats.]
REPORTER: Mike Jackson