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NBC Evening News for Wednesday, May 19, 1976
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(Studio) President Ford meets with Attorney General Edward Levi. No decision made about Justice Department trying to get new Supreme Court decision on busing. Boston busing could be used as test case.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Transportation Secretary William Coleman urges Levi not to intervene. [COLEMAN - believes he should share his views as a member of the administration] Senator Edward Brooke also visits Levi. [BROOKE - believes there should be no retreat in face of lawlessness. Violence shouldn't change decision for equal education for all.] [FORD - says Levi will make decision.] Justice Department writes new proposed brief, criticizing Boston school representatives and saying judge ordered too much busing. Govt. attys. trying to convince Levi to wait for other cases from Louisville, Indianapolis or Dallas.
REPORTER: Carl Stern

(Studio) AFL-CIO President George Meany attacks those who use busing issue to defeat school desegregation. Meany prevented Boston and Louisville union members from breaking away from AFL-CIO stance favoring busing. [MEANY - says busing is not the issue; quality education for all is the issue. There must be busing if it's the only way to get quality education.] Meany filmed remarks for Justice Department conference
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Stern, Carl

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