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More than 8 million of the neediest Californians are in for severe cuts in state assistance, passed by Republicans and Democrats in Sacramento last night. Redevelopment agencies and tax extensions were still in limbo. We get the details and hear what might happen next as the budget battle continues. Also, the President orders a "comprehensive review" of nuclear power, saying California is not in danger from radiation that originates in Japan. On our rebroadcast of To the Point, the Obama Administration does an about face on protecting Libyan rebels from Moammar Gadhafi's forces.

Banner image: Speaker of the Assembly John Pérez (L) with California Governor Jerry Brown. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Andrea Brody
Gary Scott

Making News Obama Reassures Nation on Radiation, Nuclear Safety

The United States and Japan have different interpretations of radiation readings from the nuclear power plant at Fukushima. President Obama said that he did not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the West Coast, and added that nuclear power is still part of America's energy future.

Guests:
Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times (@RVartabedian)
Dan Hirsch, Committee to Bridge the Gap

Reporter's Notebook Highway 1 Washed Out North of Big Sur

Highway 1 has been closed to traffic between Carmel and the Big Sur.  About 40 feet of the two-lane highway washed out near Rocky Creek Bridge just after five yesterday afternoon and continued sliding until as late as 6:30. Susana Cruz handles public affairs for Caltrans District 5.

Guests:
Susana Cruz, CalTrans

Main Topic UN Debates No-Fly Zone as Gadhafi Beats Down Rebels

The Obama Administration has done an about-face on support for rebels in Libya. Tonight at the UN, it was expected that the Security Council would approve a resolution calling on the international community to stop Moammar Gadhafi from seizing Benghazi, the rebel stronghold, by force.

Guests:
David Sanger, New York Times (@SangerNYT)
Borzou Daragahi, Financial Times (@borzou )
Harvey Morris, Financial Times
Michele Dunne, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Josef Joffe, Die Zeit (@DieZeit)

Main Topic Votes on the Budget Are Finally Under Way in Sacramento

Governor Brown camped out in Assembly Speaker John Perez's office last night to help gather votes for $7.4 billion in budget cuts. The result they passed was "a less healthy, less caring, less secure state." That's according to Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California. We hear from Wright and from John Myers, Sacramento Bureau Chief for KQED and it's daily program, The California Report.

Guests:
Anthony Wright, Health Access California (@healthaccess)
John Myers, KQED (@johnmyers)

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