This program is 27 minutes long
(Studio: Dan Rather) USSR 's latest official figs. on dead and injured from Chernobyl nuclear power plant and number evacuated outlined.
(Moscow, USSR : Wyatt Andrews) New Soviet propaganda counter-offensive to deflect international criticism of its silence on disaster until now described, examined; scenes shown. [Spokesperson Vladimir LOMEIKO - (thru translator) accuses W. hysteria of creating "anti-Soviet psychosis."] Lomeiko said referring to "New York Post" headline (shown). Apparent disciplinary action for some local Chernobyl party officials discussed.
(Studio: Dan Rather) United States medical aid to Soviet victims discussed; Armand Hammer's role in relief effort mentioned. Detection of radioactivity in some Oregon milk explained; lack of contamination said found in E. European food imports.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced
(DC: Rita Braver) General Accounting Ofc. reported accusing former White House chief of staff Michael Deaver, now private lobbyist, of possibly violating several conflict of interest laws in his work for Canada; background to controversy reviewed. Deaver's personal relationship with President Reagan noted. [Representatives Thomas BLILEY, Ron WYDEN - cite various aspects of issue.] GAO testimony of former OMB director David Stockman and former national security adviser Robert McFarlane said contradicting Deaver. [General Accounting Office spokesperson James HINCHMAN - cites possibility law was violated.] General Accounting Office said forwarding information to Justice Department for investigation. Similar investigation into former White House cnsl. Fred Fielding said feasible due to his relationship with Deaver; details given. are also seeking OPIC funds listed on screen, include group linked to Ferdinand Marcos; Manaforte's firm's income compared on screen to OPIC funds given these countries Manaforte quoted on screen. [Senator Strom THURMOND - calls for stronger ethics laws; explains.] Complexity of issue thought illustrated by Representative Don Fuqua whose House committee is preparing to hear Rogers commission report's criticism of aerospace industry in wake of Challenger disaster; Fuqua noted announcing plans to become aerospace industry lobbyist after leaving Congress [FUQUA - sees no conflict of interest]
(Studio: Dan Rather) Amt. already spent by Congress on 1986 campaigns. and amount of PAC contributions received so far outlined on screen, discussed.
(Studio: Dan Rather) James Fletcher reported sworn in as new NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) director; his caution against optimism over shuttle program schedule noted. Details given, scenes shown.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Houston, Texas: Martha Teichner) China (PR) reported hoping to benefit from NASA's Challenger disaster by signing contract with Houston firm Teresat, Incorporated to launch its satellites. [Teresat president Henry SCHWARTZ - defs. deal.] Communication satellites China's scheduled to launch noted originally involved in shuttle program's early successes; details given. [Former astronaut Deke SLAYTON - cites time required for NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) to recover.] John Glenn's 1962 space flight on Atlas rocket recalled.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Libya reported expelling large number West European dipls.; details given.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Return home of Navy plane squadron involved in US attack on Libya reported, shown.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Status of major forest fires in North Carolina and Great Salt Lake flooding in Utah reported
(Atlanta, Georgia: Bill Whitaker) Efforts to contain North Carolina forest fire examined; scenes shown. Possibility arsonist was responsible noted. Nationwide fire situation this season indicated on map. [Forestry Service spokesperson John MARKER - notes role of humans in most southe. forest fires.]
(Salt Lake City, UT: Bob McNamara) Flood control efforts here featured; scenes shown. [Steve SAMPSON - describes situation.] Extent of damage so far described. [Radio station manager Eric STENBERG - comments.] Further flood threat from snow melt in nearby mts. noted. [Governor Norm BANGERTER - would like dry weather.] Bangerter's proposed solution outlined, discussed. [BANGERTER - acknowledges expense involved.]
(Studio: Dan Rather) President Reagan reported nominating H. Robert Heller to replace Preston Martin on Federal Reserve Bd.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Federal Aviation Administration recalled recently setting deadline for Eastern Air Lines' payment of fines for maintenance and safety violations.
(Miami: Peter Van Sant) Eastern's refusal to pay fine examined. [Chairperson Frank BORMAN - considers fine out of order.] Basis of Federal Aviation Administration ruling and Eastern's response reviewed. [Federal Aviation Administration associate administration Anthony BRODERICK - defs. agency's analysis of Eastern.] [BORMAN - cites Eastern's safety record, cost of business lost due to allegations.]
(Studio: Dan Rather) New York judge reported ruling Bhopal, India, damage cases against Union Carbide are to be tried in India; details of gas leak there recalled.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Reds-Mets game featuring Dwight Gooden and Pete Rose detailed; scenes shown.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced
(NYC: Bernard Goldberg) Over-40 athletes' success this year examined; Jack Nicklaus, Willie Shoemaker, Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, Pete Rose, Phil Niekro cited as exs. [ROSE - disregards age factor.] [FANS - praise role models set by older players.] [ABDUL-JABAAR - explains remaining in game.] [NICKLAUS, SHOEMAKER - comment on their recent victories.] [Sportswriter Frank DEFORD - comments.]