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Retired space shuttles are going to the Smithsonian in Washington, the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and the California Science Center in Los Angeles. We hear what LA has meant to the manned-space program and vice versa. Also, a nuclear-plant emergency drill at San Onofre, and the National Football League may be facing a new layer of local government. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, is the Pentagon worth the money?

Banner image: Space shuttle Endeavour lights up the night sky as it lifts off from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photo: NASA/Jim Grossmann

Making News Safety a Concern at San Onofre Nuclear Plant 6 MIN, 44 SEC

The Japanese government today gave the Fukushima-Daiishi accident a rating of 7 — tops on the nuclear accident scale, on a par with the explosion at Chernobyl, in the Ukraine, back in 1986. Also today, emergency personnel began to simulate an accident at San Onofre, on the shores of Nothern San Diego County, where two reactors are operated by Southern California Edison. Onell Soto reports for the San Diego Union Tribune.

Onell Soto, San Diego Union-Tribune

Main Topic The Shuttle Endeavour Is Coming Home 12 MIN

The last flight of the space shuttle Endeavour is scheduled for April 29, piloted by Captain Mark Kelly, husband of the injured Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Next stop for the shuttle is the California Science Center in downtown Los Angeles. That announcement came from NASA today, the 30th anniversary of the first shuttle launch. LA won out over eleven other cities.

Jeffrey Rudolph, California Science Center
Craig Schmitman, AeroSpaceNews.com and AirlineExplorer.com

Reporter's Notebook NFL Proposal May Need County Approval 6 MIN, 40 SEC

Bringing the National Football League back to Los Angeles has been an effort full of twists, turns and surprises. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas pushed the idea as a state legislator. Now, the LA Times reports that AEG’s proposal to replace part of the Convention Center with a football stadium might require the County to be involved.

Mark Ridley-Thomas, LA County Board of Supervisors (@mridleythomas)

Main Topic Amid Stiff Budget Cuts, the Pentagon Gets a Raise 26 MIN, 28 SEC

Amid Stiff Budget Cuts, the Pentagon Gets a Raise As the Senate and Congress decide whether to ratify Friday's budget deal, one department getting an increase is the Pentagon, which spends some 20 percent of America's tax dollars. But critics say it provides both too much and too little of what America needs.

Winslow Wheeler, Center for Defense Information
Mackenzie Eaglen, Heritage Foundation
Gordon Adams, American University / Foreign Policy magazine (@Gadams1941)

The Pentagon Labyrinth

Pierre M. Sprey

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