This program is 28 minutes long
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Mtg. of President Reagan and critics of Attorney General Edwin Meese from within Justice Department and with Meese reported Report introduced.
(DC: Dennis Troute) Mtg. of Reagan, White House staffers Vice President George Bush, White House chief of staff Howard Baker and cnsl. Arthur Culva house with ex- Justice Department deps. William Weld and Arthur Burns to discuss possible resignation of Meese reported; details given of Meese's link with friend E. Robert Wallach's business deals and of Weld's stmts. about Meese and special prosecutor James McKay. [BURNS - says it was excellent meeting] Sources said rpting. Reagan has not lost confidence in Meese, who maintains Justice Department morale is high. Upcoming report by McKay about Meese's conduct mentioned.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Meese's lengthy ties with Reagan detailed. Report introduced.
(DC: Sheilah Kast) Background to today's series of mtgs. between Reagan and Justice Department officials, include Meese, detailed. [Senator Patrick LEAHY - says it took too long for Reagan to consider why Justice Department is collapsing.] Contd. support of Meese by Reagan reiterated.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Justice Department reported prepared to juggle schedules to fill gaps left by resignations of 7 junior members of Department Reagan reported nom. Francis Keating to be associate attorney general
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(Moscow, USSR : John McWethy) Lack of progress on arms control treaty between United States and USSR reported following meeting of Secretary of State George Shultz and Mikhail Gorbachev reported [SHULTZ - talks about marking time.] [USSR foreign min. Eduard SHEVARDNADZE - (thru translator) says it will be difficult to complete treaty prior to summit.] Differences between United States and USSR on arms control issues include in treaty outlined on screen. Probability of lack of substance to upcoming summit noted.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Death of two more Palestinians in Israeli- occupied territories reported Report introduced.
(W. Bank: Dean Reynolds) Protest at Dome of the Rock, Islam religion sanctuary in Jerusalem, in response to death of Abu Jihad reported; scenes shown. West Bank and Gaza Strip reported closed to press and under curfew; scenes shown.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Blowing up of mines by United States ships in Persian Gulf reported; scenes shown of Monday's attacks against oil platforms in retaliation for mine attack on USS Samuel B. Roberts.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) State Department reported concluding hijackers of Kuwait airplane are still in Algeria.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(Jay, ME: Joe Bergantino) Splitting of company town Jay, ME, over strike by labor union versus International Paper Company's paper mill featured; details given, scenes shown. [Replacement worker's daughter Jennifer BRACY - says people call us scabs.] [Striker Tom OUELLETTE - says men should not cross union picket.] [Striker Tom PRATT - explains reasons for striking.] [International Paper Company spokesperson Keith LAVOIE - says company is only asking for concessions granted other paper companies around cntry.] [Striker, who became replacement worker, Darrel HOUSE - says he was not ready to give up company benefits.] Retaliation against House's home shown. [Wife Vicki HOUSE - discusses bitterness in town.] Striking union shown. [Darrel HOUSE - says it will never be same little happy town.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Hunger statistics for United States given. Report introduced.
(Cincinnati, Ohio: Charles Thomas) Program, "Roundup for the Hungry," in Cincinnati supermarket featured; details given of plan to help the hungry, scenes shown. [SHOPPER, Kroger supermkts. vice president Sam GINGRICH - discuss fund-raising plan.] Role of Salvation Army in implementing plan noted. [Welfare mother Flora WEDDINGTON -says people care.] Plan detailed. [Welfare mother Jennifer SALLEY - says plan supplements her food stamps.] Possibility of expansion of plan to Kroger stores across United States noted.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) IRS (Internal Revenue Service) reported stripping PTL ministry of tax-exempt status.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Warning labels on prescription drugs discussed. Report introduced.
(Boston, Massachusetts: Tim Johnson) Successful acne medicine Accutane and its link to birth defects resulting from pregnancies of women using drug reported; details given. Positions of FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and manufacturing company F. Hoffmann-La Roche and Company on issue noted. [Dermatologist Dr. Robert STERN - discusses Accutane.] Drug co. reported willing to pay for pregnancy tests for patients using drug.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Med. checkup for Nancy Reagan reported finding no signs of cancer.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Senator reported starting debate on trade bill passed by House of Representatives yesterday; President Reagan reported attacking provision requiring empls. to give 60-day notice of plant closings. Japan's trade min. reported calling trade bill anti-Japanese. Stk. Mkt. Report
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Captain of Kuwaiti plane hijacked by terrorists featured. [Subbhi Na'im YOUSSEF - comments on hijacking incident.] Scenes shown of plane on ground in Iran. [YOUSSEF - explains plans to go to Beirut.] Communications between pilot and airport tower in Beirut played and described; scenes shown of plane landing in Cyprus and of murdered hostages' bodies being thrown from plane. [YOUSSEF - discusses thinking about family.] Youssef's career and family described. [YOUSSEF - explains his responsibility.] Events in Algeria described. [YOUSSEF - comments.] Response of Kuwait to Youssef reviewed.