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Supreme Court / Nixon Tapes / Snail Darter #498391

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 18, 1978
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(Studio) Supreme Court ruling against release of Nixon White House tapes reported; public now has access to written transcripts of tapes used in Watergate cover-up trial.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Background on tapes and those who have heard them given; they're now hsed. in National Archives. United States Archives film shown. Details of Archives' cataloging of tapes and Supreme Court ruling with regard to broadcast or commercial recordings of tapes given. Archivist Richard Jacobs noted as head of sorting process set up by Congress upon seizure of tapes and papers. [JACOBS - hopes resolutions to problems can be reached and that first portions of material will be available in about 2 years Notes Nixon could drag process out for 5-6 years] Outlook for future release of tapes as well as future lawsuits cited.
REPORTER: Carl Stern Artist: Betty Wells

(Studio) Supreme Court hearing on case of snail darter controversy between environmentalists and administration cited. Attorney General Bell's representative of administration noted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Ingredients in conflict are endangered species of fish, called snail darter, 1973 Endangered Species Act and government's Tellico Dam project on Little Tennessee River in eastern Tennessee. Films shown. Attorney General Bell's arguments before Supreme Court in favor of continuing dam project and preservation of snail darter outlined. Potential effect of Court decision on other government projects, include one in Maine threatening extinction of a variety of lousewort, which is rare weed.
REPORTER: Doug, Kiker; Unsigned sketches

Chancellor, John;
Stern, Carl;
Kiker, Douglas

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