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March 17th, 2010
09:28 PM ET

The Teaser

"The Teaser” is a preview of the guests we have lined up for the next day – so you know when to tune in (and when to set your alarm!). Guests and times are always subject to change.

Here’s the lineup for tomorrow:

6:30AM:  Is al-Qaeda a weaker organization because of the strikes in Pakistan? CIA Director Leon Panetta thinks so. Is he right? Former CIA Officer Gary Bernsten will break it down.

  The hold-outs – He voted against the house bill in November, but now Rep. John Boccieri (D-OH) is undecided. What will make him vote "nay" or "yay"?

7:30AM: It was highly touted by the Bush administration, but now Janet Napolitano is knocking it down – She’ll explain why she’s stripping $50 million from SBInet – a virtual wall on the U.S.-Mexican border.

8:10AM:  Extreme weather – What is Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker doing to prep his town for a possible major flood?

8:30AM:  What states are the worst for teen drivers, and what states are the best? We'll look at a new U.S. News & World Report study with Editor Brian Kelly.

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Filed under: American Morning
March 17th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

Building Up America: Hyundai drives local growth in Alabama

(CNN) – It's been a tough couple of years for the auto industry, but one car maker is on a roll. Despite being headquartered in South Korea, Hyundai is building up America in Montgomery, Alabama. Our Tom Foreman has the story.

Filed under: Building Up America • Business
March 17th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

NOAA: A third of U.S. at risk for historic floods this Spring

(CNN) – Weather forecasters are issuing an urgent message to millions of Americans today: get ready for potentially historic flooding.

From the East, to the upper Midwest, and across the South from Texas to Florida, parts of 35 states could be in danger this Spring. Our Rob Marciano gives us a look at who is at risk and the damage the extreme weather has already left behind.

NOAA: Spring outlook

Filed under: Weather
March 17th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

Police in South Dakota out lesbian Air Force staff sergeant

(CNN) – She kept a secret for nine years. Jene Newsome didn't tell anyone in the Air Force she was a lesbian. Then, just as momentum was building to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, Newsome was outed by a third party.

Her local police department in South Dakota outed her after they saw an Iowa marriage certificate in her home. Now discharged from the Air Force, Newsome and the American Civil Liberties Union have filed a complaint against the Rapid City Police Department, saying the officers violated her privacy.

Meanwhile, the police department maintains they were following routine procedure. Jene Newsome joined us on Wednesday's American Morning via Skype to share her story.

Filed under: Gay Rights • Military
March 17th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Detroit: Save our schools

(CNN) – In Detroit, an S.O.S. – Save Our Schools. Officials are rolling out a $1 billion plan that would shut down 45 public schools, consolidating some and demolishing others.

They're trying to fix three growing problems: a huge drop in enrollment, a massive debt and some of the highest dropout rates in the country. But it's not all bad news in the city's classrooms. Our Allan Chernoff went to Detroit to look at a group of schools that are getting things right.

Filed under: Education
March 17th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Is Toyota hiding crash data?

(CNN) – Did you realize your car comes equipped with a "black box," like the ones that are installed in aircraft?

Most cars have one. They're called EDRs and they record all kinds of data in the final seconds before a crash. In the case of Toyota models, it seems that data is very difficult to download. Our Deb Feyerick has the report.

Filed under: Business
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