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July 15th, 2011
07:39 PM ET

CNN Heroes: Free seeds helping Americans get by, live healthier

San Antonio, Texas (CNN) - For Holly Hirshberg, gardening started as a way to bond with her children. But when the recession hit, her backyard hobby became a necessity.

"In 2008, my husband lost his job just like many other Americans, and we were living off of our garden," she said.
Hirshberg and her family of four ate a variety of homegrown foods - including broccoli, carrots, okra, squash and tomatoes - so they could make ends meet. She was pleasantly surprised by how simple and healthful they were.

"It was nice to know that not only could I take care of (my family) out of what I grew in my garden, but I could take care of them really well," she said.

After realizing how much nutritious food she was able to grow, Hirshberg began collecting seeds from her garden and sharing them with others.
In 2008, she started The Dinner Garden, an organization that provides free packs of seeds to people so they can grow enough food to feed a family of four. Since its inception, The Dinner Garden has provided seeds to 65,000 families across the United States.

Read more on Hirschberg here.

Filed under: CNN Heroes
July 15th, 2011
02:13 PM ET

Pawlenty not bothered by low polls, talks debt ceiling on American Morning

(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty said his campaign needs to "start showing progress" in national and state-wide polls, something he's confident will happen once votes become familiar with his record.

"When my record of results gets out in Minnesota we're going to do better and you'll see that in the poll numbers," the former Minnesota governor said Friday on American Morning.

Pawlenty, who has traveled extensively to early primary and caucus states, has failed to reach double digit support when pitted against other GOP White House hopefuls.

When specifically asked about a Quinnipiac University national poll released Wednesday, which showed Pawlenty with 3 percent support, he said "the polls bounce around a little bit," but that he's the only candidate in the race who has tackled issues now in the national spotlight.

"One of the strengths I bring to it, I just don't talk about these things, I did them," Pawlenty said.

Filed under: GOP
July 15th, 2011
02:09 PM ET

Star goalie Hope Solo weighs in on the World Cup final

An exciting match on Wednesday propelled the U.S. women's soccer team into the World Cup final after two goals late in the game secured their win over the French team.

On Sunday, the women's team will go head to head with Japan, a team they've never lost to, for the World Cup title.

Star goalie Hope Solo joins American Morning from Frankfurt, Germany today to discuss Wednesday's game and to weigh in on the the team's World Cup ambitions.

Filed under: Sport • Sports
July 15th, 2011
01:48 PM ET

Will Casey Anthony be in danger when she's released on Sunday?

While Casey Anthony is set to walk free from jail on Sunday, she is certain to face further challenges once she is released.

Although Casey will be free to profit by telling her story since she was acquitted of the murder charges in the death of her two year old daughter, she faces death threats and outrage from critics who are convinced of her guilt.

On American Morning today, Sunny Hostin, CNN legal contributor, talks with Ali Velshi and Soledad O'Brien about Casey's safety, security, and her ability to profit off of her case.

Filed under: Casey Anthony
July 15th, 2011
08:55 AM ET

Political panel: How are lawmakers reacting to the McConnell/Reid budget plan?

On Thursday, President Obama told congressional leaders that he expects them to consult with their respective caucuses and find agreement over the next 24 to 36 hours on how to proceed with the debt talks.

The President is scheduled to hold a news conference at 11 a.m. today to provide an update on the status of the negotiations - a subject which has brought partisan tempers to a boil over the past week.

Today on American Morning, Jim McLaughlin, GOP strategist, John Avlon, CNN political contributor, and Maria Cardona, Democratic strategist, weigh in on how they think the talks will progress.

Filed under: Budget • Debt • Debt ceiling • Deficit
July 15th, 2011
06:05 AM ET

Question of the Day: Should jurors be able to cash in on their case?

In the wake of the Casey Anthony trial, Florida State Representative Scott Randolph and local defense attorney Mark NeJame are introducing a bill that would make it illegal for a juror to seek or accept compensation for information deriving from their jury service until after 270 days.

The crime would be a third-degree felony punishable by $10,000 and up to five years in prison.

While NeJame claims that the law would assure that the jurors are not biased when deliberating, others have called the bill unconstitutional and overly burdensome.

American Morning wants to know: Should jurors be able to cash in on their case?

Post your response here. Your answer could be included in this morning's broadcast.

Filed under: AM Asks