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Layoff notices are on their way to 5500 Los Angeles teachers. Can their jobs be saved? What’s the possible impact if they can’t? Also, illegal immigration has dropped to where it was 35 years ago. On our rebroadcast of today’s To the Point, high cost and the fear of terrorism are still major issues, and without Nevada’s Yucca Mountain, deadly nuclear waste has no place to go.


Banner image: Ramon Maghsoudi

Producers:
Sonya Geis
Andrea Brody
Gary Scott

Main Topic Nuclear Power and Climate Change 26 MIN, 18 SEC

After 20 years and $9 billion, the nuclear-waste storage facility at Nevada's Yucca Mountain has been scrapped by the Obama Administration. There has not been a nuclear power plant licensed in the US since the Three Mile Island accident 30 years ago. In the meantime, nuclear power is finding converts in Europe, and America's Nuclear Regulatory Commission is looking at more than 30 applications.

Guests:
Keith Johnson, Wall Street Journal
Victor Gilinsky, independent consultant on Yucca Mountain, State of Nevada
Per Peterson, Professor of Nuclear Engineering, University of California Berkeley
Dan Hirsch, Committee to Bridge the Gap

Reporter's Notebook Immigrants Staying Home 6 MIN, 21 SEC

Three years ago, Yuma County, Arizona was the busiest illegal crossing point into the country from Mexico, with literally thousands of people swarming across the boarder in a single day. Now there are days when nobody gets arrested at all, and the Border Patrol is “in shock.” That's according to Richard Marosi, who reports on immigration for the Los Angeles Times.

Main Topic Holes in the LAUSD Budget Threaten 5500 Teachers 18 MIN, 57 SEC

The LA Unified School District faces a budget shortfall of $718 million. Last night the elected board voted to send layoff notices to 5500 teachers. Can their jobs be saved?  What's the possible impact if they can't?

Guests:
Marlene Canter, Member, Los Angeles Unified School Board
Julie Washington, Elementary Vice President, United Teachers Los Angeles
Steve Barr, Future Is Now Schools (@SteveBarrLA)

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