LA's Natural History Museum near the campus of USC has completed Dinosaur Hall. It contains fossil exhibits unique in the world. Dinosaur Hall will open to the public on Saturday. We get a preview. Also, good news and bad news for California's latest spending plan. Will revenues catch up with optimistic projections? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, why are more and ore Mexicans staying home instead of crossing the border?
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The spending plan passed by the legislature and signed by Governor Brown was balanced on admittedly optimistic projections of revenues during the fiscal year that began on the first of this month. If they don't meet expectations, more spending cuts will be triggered in January. Controller John Chiang says last month's take was bigger than expected, but not big enough. John Myers is Sacramento Bureau Chief for KQED public radio and political reporter for its daily program The California Report.
One of the most impressive exhibits of its kind will open publicly this weekend. Dinosaur Hall at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County contains fossil exhibits unique in the world, including a 25-foot long Triceratops with a skull weighing more than 900 pounds, and the Tyrannosaurus Rex Growth Series, featuring skeletons of the youngest known baby T-Rex, an adolescent and a young adult. The $135 million make-over required two familiar buildings, constructed in 1913 and 1920.
For 30 years, conditions in Mexico produced a flood of illegal immigrants to the United States. Now that flood has been reduced to a trickle, and it's not just because of harsh new state laws or stepped-up border enforcement. We hear about education, investment and the astonishing drop in illegal immigration to the United States.
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