This program is 27 minutes long
(Studio: John Dancy) Report introduced.
(Carrollton, Kentucky: Jim Cummins) Crash of of pickup truck into church bus here featured; details given, scenes shown of crash aftermath. [Crash victims Larry FLOWERS, Juan HOLT - describe accident and fire on business] [Witness Troy DAVID - describes scene after crash.] [Kentucky state trooper James MUDD - describes bus crash.] Truck driver Larry Mahoney reported also critically injured. Upcoming attempts to identification dead explained. [Med. examiner Dr. George NICHOLS - explains trying to persuade family members not to view remains.]
(Radcliff, Kentucky: Jennifer McLogan) Response of small Kentucky town of Radcliff to bus accident featured. [PARENT - comments.] [MAN - explains heroism of bus chaperon.] Scenes shown from church and school in town. [Boy who didn't go on bus trip, Dale CATRON - comments.]
(Studio: Garrick Utley) Report introduced.
(Kabul, Afghanistan: Peter Kent) Beginning of pullout of USSR troops from Afghanistan reported; details given, scenes shown of troop convoy going from Jalalabad to Kabul. Withdrawal plans outlined.
(Studio: Garrick Utley) Recognition by Mikhail Gorbachev that war in Afghanistan was unwinnable reported Report introduced.
(Moscow, USSR : Sandy Gilmour) Response of Sovs. to pullout detailed. [On street, MEN - (thru translator) comment on withdrawal.] [WOMEN - (thru translator) say let Afghanis solve own problems.] Rpting. of story on Soviet TV and in Soviet press noted.
(Studio: Garrick Utley) Pullout reported signalling Gorbachev's emphasis on solving problems at home.
(Studio: John Dancy) Mvt. of Syrian troops into Beirut, Lebanon, area reported
(Studio: John Dancy) Recovery of wreckage of helicopter and crew remains from Persian Gulf weeks after downing of helicopter during confrontation between US Navy and Iranian forces reported; stmts. from Iran quoted.
(Studio: John Dancy) Impact of United States economy sanctions on Panamanian economy recalled. Report introduced.
(Panama City, Panama: Dan Molina) Sponsoring of flea market by government of general Manuel Noriega in order to pull dollars into circulation reported; scenes shown. [Jorge VELASQUEZ - says people are responding.] [Min. of commerce Mario ROGNONI - says everything is normal in Panama.] [VELASQUEZ - comments on money situation.]
(Studio: John Dancy) Criticism by Senator John Kerry of President Reagan's continuing effort to make deal to get Noriega out of power reported
(Studio: John Dancy) Security surrounding mass held by Pope John Paul II in Lima, Peru, reported; details given.
(Studio: John Dancy) Holding of Iowa district convs. reported Report introduced.
(Des Moines, Iowa: Tom Pettit) Uncertainty over who won Iowa Democrat caucuses popular vote mos. after caucuses held reported [PEOPLE - praise various cands.] Incomplete popular vote totals quoted from February 8, 1988. ["Des Moines Register" spokesperson James FLANSBURG - says county convention delegates, not popular vote, is important] Possible popular vote victories for Representative Richard Gephardt and Paul Simon noted. ["Des Moines Register" editor James GANNON, John CHRYSTAL, Drake Univ. Prof. Hugh WINEBRENNER - discuss popular vote in Iowa.] [State Democrat chairperson Bonnie CAMPBELL - comments on final tally.] [GANNON - says it's irrelevant now.]
(Studio: John Dancy) Teamsters union president Jackie Presser reported in hospital for treatment of brain tumor; power struggle to succeed him noted.
(Studio: John Dancy) Emergency landing by Northwest Airlines plane on Japanese island reported; details given.
(Studio: John Dancy) "Washington Post" report on skyrocketing costs of Stealth plane detailed.
(Studio: Garrick Utley) Soviet police reported arriving during interview by NBC News producer Joe Alacastro with Soviet dissident Aleksandr Ogorodnikov; scenes shown. [OGORODNIKOV - (thru translator) says Mikhail Gorbachev is continuing V.I. Lenin's line with regard to church in Russia.] Interchange between police and Ogorodnikov quoted. [OGORODNIKOV, POLICE - (thru translator) discuss police presence in apt.] Blocking of NBC crew by policemen in apt. and outside building shown. Incident said illustration Soviet policy of intimidating opponents; "glasnost" mentioned.