ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jun 15, 1978
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(Studio) White House report of no change in plans for President Carter's trip to Panama on Friday noted. Fighting between Panamanian students re: ratification of Canal treaty, reported.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Panama City, Panama) Panamanian preparations for ceremonies in which Carter will participate outlined. Details given about student opposition to Carter visit and to treaty as ratified; outbreak of fighting at university campus noted. Govt. observations of situation brought about by return from exile of former president Dr. Arnulfo Arias and its effect on General Omar Torrijos' position outlined. Canal Zone Americans' view of Carter visit and President's recent statement that Teddy Roosevelt would have approved of giving Canal to Panama described. Films and photograph shown. Carter's planned speech to troops at Fort Clayton mentioned.
REPORTER: Bernard Shaw
(DC) Report on United States officials' attitude toward Panamanian student fighting and concerns about crowd control and heavy rains in country
REPORTER: Ann Compton
(Studio) Reporter Shaw's report that Torrijos has canceled trip scheduled for after Carter visit, due to tension in Panama, noted. Live coverage of Panamanian ceremonies on Friday mentioned. Carter's plans to stop in Georgia en route to Panama reported; drop in President's popularity in home state since last year stated.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(Atlanta, Georgia) Lack of public response to Carter's scheduled appearance in Atlanta and speech to Southern Baptist Convention, and efforts of organizers to bolster audience numbers, outlined. [S. Baptist Brotherhood Committee spokesperson Glendon McCULLOUGH - says all Baptists may not agree with Carter on policy, but have confidence in him as Christian and Baptist. Notes President will speak on Baptist missions program, not pols.] Results of recent poll in Georgia about Carter's popularity and job rating given.
REPORTER: Bob Sirkin
(Studio) Report on Tass wire report denouncing "reactionary peanut pols.", though it didn't mention President Carter by name. USSR news agency's later correction of phrase in report noted. White House release of more information on Carter's personal finances reported; details listed.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(DC) Details of Carter tax return for 1977 examined, include trust run by Atlanta attorney Charles Kirbo and royalties from President's book, "Why Not the Best?"
REPORTER: Dan Cordtz