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NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 14, 1978
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(Studio) President Carter's announcement of intention to take strong measures unless coal strike ended, as well as questions to attorney general re: authority of federal government to protect life and property in such event, reported.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Carter's meeting with energy advisers, include Secys. of Labor and Energy, detailed. President's request for negotiations to resume at White House and indications that he might invoke Taft-Hartley Act reported [CARTER - conts. to support collective bargaining, but welfare of nation is 1st consideration and White House negotiations will be last resort for bargaining process. Will have to use stronger measures if it doesn't work.] Admin. concerns with regard to miners' reactions if Taft-Hartley invoked and potential decision by Carter to use federal troops to enforce Act noted.
REPORTER: Irving R. Levine

(Studio) Low supply of coal in E. noted, as well as dangers of violence if attempts made to bring in nonunion coal.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Rockport, IN) IN's reserves of nonunion coal described. Mobilization of National Guard to escort nonunion coal shipments to power companies noted. Past violent episodes in IN since beginning of strike cited, include one such incident at Rockport Dock. [Nonunion operators spokesperson Paul TEEGARDEN - thinks that with proper protection, independent miners could go back to work with men being unafraid.]
REPORTER: Al Johnson

Brinkley, David;
Chancellor, John;
Johnson, Al;
Levine, Irving R.

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