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February 22nd, 2011
10:03 AM ET

Repetitive impact, not the big hit, of great concern

Dave Duerson, a former Chicago Bears safety, was found dead Thursday in Florida at the age of 50.

His death was ruled a suicide due to a gun-shot to the chest, according to the New York Times. Duerson's brain was left intact and, therefore, able to be examined for a brain injury called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a wish he expressed to his family in text messages. Dr. Keith Black, M.D. is the Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and talks to T.J. Holmes about Duerson's death and CTE.

Filed under: Health • Sports
February 22nd, 2011
09:25 AM ET

Wis. Dems not coming home, Walker’s worker cuts ‘nothing but a threat’

Democratic State Senators from Wisconsin remain out of town today, as they continue to put-off voting on controversial bill proposed by Gov. Scott Walker.

If passed, the bill would take away union workers' collective-bargaining rights and would require that they contribute more to their pensions and benefits packages. Republican State Senators are returning to work today and the Gov. Scott is urging Democrats to do the same. State Senators Glenn Grothman (R) and Jon Erpenbach (D) talk to T.J. Holmes about what's next for the Wisconsin state legislature.

Filed under: Economy • Education • Politics • U.S.
February 22nd, 2011
08:18 AM ET

New bill in Texas House seeks to allow guns on campus

Members of the Texas State House are hoping to pass a new law that would require colleges and universities to allow students over the age of 21 to carry concealed handguns on campus.

Proponents of the bill including Jeff Wentworth (R) argue concealed weapons are the best way to combat a Virgina Tech copy-cat shooting in Texas. Meanwhile, opponents like Eddie Rodriguez (D) say colleges and universities should be able to choose on an individual basis whether or not to embrace such a policy. Reps. Wentworth and Rodriguez talk to American Morning's Kiran Chetry.

Filed under: Education • Politics • Security • U.S.
February 22nd, 2011
07:38 AM ET

Unions: The beginning of the end?

American Morning's Carol Costello reports on the latest chapter in the old battle between labor unions and management.

Filed under: American Morning • Politics • U.S.
February 22nd, 2011
07:22 AM ET

Losing control, Libyan government cracks down on protesters

Libyan security forces cracked down on protests Monday, as unrest increased in the nation's second largest city, Benghazi. Meanwhile, Moammar Gadhafi insists he remains in Libya and in control.

CNN National Security Contributor Fran Townsend is a former Homeland Security Adviser to President Bush and has met Moammar Gadhafi and his son Saif. Townsend talks to American Morning's Kiran Chetry and T.J. Holmes about the security situation in Libya.

And, after two pilots fled to Malta seeking political asylum, will other members of the military follow suit? Townsend says to keep a close eye on the Libyan military.

Filed under: World