NBC Evening News for Monday, Feb 27, 1978
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(Studio) Report on troubles of evangelist Oral Roberts concerning hospital he wants to build.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) Roberts' success as evangelist and in establishing and building Oral Roberts University, in Tulsa, outlined; Roberts' proposal to build med. complex onto university noted. No. of hospitals now in Tulsa and empty beds in each reported; is noted state and federal law requirements that builders prove need for new hospital. Roberts' appearance before Oklahoma Health Systems Agency described. [ROBERTS - asks if people don't have right to express beliefs and have place where those beliefs can be put into action.] [Tulsa Hospital Council member Dr. Earl SNEED - says this is national problem. Asks that all medical facilities and personnel in United States be considered.] Council's vote against project and Roberts' plans to appeal reported [ROBERTS - will never give up.]
REPORTER: Bob Dotson