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NBC Evening News for Friday, Jul 10, 1981
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(Studio) California Governor Jerry Brown's response to Agriculture Secretary John Block's threat of quarantine of California fruit and vegetables due to fruit fly infestation reported [BLOCK - threatens quarantine unless aerial spraying is begun.]
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(San Jose, California) Brown's order for aerial spraying noted. [BROWN - accuses White House of political decision.] Continued ground spraying program in effort to eradicate the fruit fly and plans for aerial spraying of malathion outlined. [Farmer Lee LESTER - comments.] Lester's case cited as example of that faced by area farmers. [LESTER - thinks Governor Brown opposed aerial spraying due to pols.] [San Jose Mayor Janet HAYES - notes citizens' impotence against federal government] Crucial time factor involved explained.
REPORTER: Bill Sternoff

(Los Angeles, California) Impact of potential quarantine on state's agriculture industry discussed. [Lemon grower Richard JOHNSON - comments.] Extent of grape, tomato and other crops detailed; impact of quarantine on nation's consumers noted.

(Studio) Georgia reported inspecting California fruits and vegetables entering the state.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Studio) Futility of state governor opposing federal government discussed; experiences of Orville Faubus, George Wallace and George Romney recalled. Aspects of Brown vs. White House considered.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

Chancellor, John;
Neal, Roy;
Mudd, Roger;
Sternoff, Bill

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