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Military Base Closings / Conversions #789951

ABC Evening News for Friday, May 13, 2005
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(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) Map shown of military base closings & realignments.

(Pentagon: Martha Raddatz) The Pentagon recommendations that 33 major bases be closed featured; scenes shown from the historic Navy submarine base in Groton, Connecticut. [New London, Connecticut, city manager Richard BROWN†- says southeastern Connecticut takes its identity from the submarine base.] [Barbershop owner Joe PARATELLA‡, Senator Joseph LIEBERMAN, Seacoast Shipyard Assn. Neil ROLDE†; Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Mayor Evelyn SIRRELL†; North Dakota Senator Tim JOHNSON†- react to the base closing plan.] The multi-billion dollar savings for taxpayers noted.

(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) GAO report on how many civilian jobs are recovered when bases close outlined on screen.

(San Francisco: Bill Redeker) The conversion of military bases for commercial projects featured; details given about what has happened in San Francisco since the closing of The Presidio base & Glenview, Illinois, following the shutdown of the naval air base; scenes shown from San Francisco of the buildings being refurbished, including the conversion of the hospital to production facilities for Star Wars director George Lucas & from Glenview, where the naval base has been developed. [Contractor Scott HIBBARD†, Projects Village of Glenview director Don OWEN†; Austin, Texas, former Mayor Kim WATSON†- comment on the changes.]

Vargas, Elizabeth;
Raddatz, Martha;
Redeker, Bill

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