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April 4th, 2011
09:55 AM ET

Should college athletes get paid?

You’ll see it tonight in the stands at the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. Thousands of fans spending money to watch college athletes play ball and wearing t-shirts with the athletes’ numbers and names on their backs. With so much money to be made in college sports should the stars of the programs, the actual student athletes, get paid for their success?

“Absolutely,” they should get paid, CNN education contributor Steve Perry tells AM’s Christine Romans on today’s American Morning. College athletes earn about $120,000 a year if you factor in training, medical help and tutoring, but Perry says that is not enough. He explains why athletes should at least be able to earn money off their own images through endorsements.

Remember the Ohio State football players suspended in December for selling memorabilia from their winning games? What do you think, should colleges pay their athletes?

Filed under: American Morning • Education • Sports
April 4th, 2011
09:51 AM ET

Documentary chronicles producer's five decades in Hollywood

You may recognize him from Ocean’s Eleven films, but it’s his behind-the-scenes work that gives a glimpse into the building of some of Hollywood’s most famous stars.

Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Neil Diamond, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts—he’s worked with them all. Prolific film producer and personal manager Jerry Weintraub, who got his start promoting Elvis Presley, has worked in Hollywood for five decades.

Today on American Morning he previews his HBO documentary “His Way" chronicling his Hollywood career. The documentary, premiering Monday at 9 pm ET, features commentary from George H.W. Bush, George Clooney, Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt, among many others. What's it about Weintraub that's enabled him such longevity in Hollywood?

Filed under: Celebrity • Entertainment
April 4th, 2011
08:46 AM ET

Rep. Price: Dems 'scalpel' budget cuts would lead to bankruptcy

Earlier on American Morning, New York Democrat Sen. Charles Schumer told AM’s Kiran Chetry the Tea Party and their proposed cuts were the "only thing standing in the way of an agreement" on the federal budget. Georgia Republican Rep. Tom Price responds on AM.

Rep. Price tells AM's Ali Velshi it is the Senate Democrats who have not acted yet. "They're negotiating with themselves right now," he tells AM. "What they need to do is act."

Price says it's up to the Senate Democrats to avoid a government shutdown.

Filed under: Budget • Capitol Hill • GOP • Tea Party
April 4th, 2011
08:44 AM ET

Schumer: Dems slicing budget with scalpel, Tea Party using meat ax

They have until the end of the week to finally figure it out. Friday is the deadline for Congress to come to an agreement on the 2011 federal budget. The resolution currently funding the government expires Friday at midnight.

The White House is looking to get Senate Democrats to agree with Republican proposed budget cuts, but there is uncertainty if the House’s most conservative wing, backed by the Tea Party, will accept the Senate’s final legislation.

The Tea Party proposed cuts are too “extreme,” according to New York Democrat Sen. Charles Schumer. This morning Sen. Schumer explains to American Morning’s Kiran Chetry why he thinks the Tea Party’s proposals are hurting negotiations.

What programs would Schumer cut? And, how much money does Congress need to negotiate to come to a deal?

Filed under: Budget • Capitol Hill • Democrats • Tea Party
April 4th, 2011
07:11 AM ET

Aircraft cracks not found in routine inspections

Southwest Airlines canceled 100 flights Monday and about 600 over the weekend to conduct inspections, following an incident Friday when a hole opened in the roof of one of the company’s Boeing 737 planes during flight and caused an emergency landing in Arizona.

Initial inspection of the plane and the 5-foot by 1-foot hole showed cracking in the plane’s skin, which the National Transportation Safety Board says would likely not be visible during routine inspections. Weekend examinations of other aircraft found found “small, subsurface cracks” or indications of cracks in three other planes.

Why are Southwest planes having this problem, and is it specific to the airline's fleet? Today on American Morning, former FAA chief of staff Michael Goldfarb talks about the Boeing 737-300 plane's maintenance track record with AM’s Ali Velshi.

Flying Southwest? The company says to check its site to see if your flight is among the canceled trips.

Read CNN's coverage of Friday's emergency landing here.

Filed under: Airlines • Transportation • Travel