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money lead

April 30th, 2014
06:32 PM ET

Mike Rowe: Is learning a trade better than college?

Washington, D.C. (CNN) – For years, as the host of "Dirty Jobs," Mike Rowe brought viewers the stories of Americans who build our roads, patch our roofs, and empty our septic tanks.

Now Rowe, the new host of CNN's "Somebody's Gotta Do It," is making a pit stop in Washington, D.C., to see if lawmakers on Capitol Hill are interested in rolling up their sleeves to help revive the work force.

"Closing the skills gap is about keeping America working. Really it's about keeping America, America," Rowe testified Monday, at an oversight hearing titled “American Energy Jobs: Opportunities for Skilled Trades Workers."

"My message in a nutshell is we need a PR campaign ... that champions all kinds of jobs that people don't seem to want," says Rowe.

"If we want to close the skills gap, we have to work on the way we portray work, and we have to talk seriously about the fact that not all knowledge comes from college," said Rowe.

For more of our interview, check out the video above.

Mike Rowe's new series "Somebody's Gotta Do It" launches this fall on CNN.

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world lead

April 30th, 2014
06:01 PM ET

Bangladesh Navy looking into plane 'clue'

(CNN) – Claims by the Australian firm GeoResonance that they have found some sort of wreckage in the Bay of Bengal that may or may not belong to Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 are being met with heavy skepticism by Australian officials and many experts.

But two Navy ships on their way to investigate. CNN aviation analyst and pilot Miles O'Brien, and CNN analyst and ocean search specialist Rob McCallum discuss.

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sports lead

April 30th, 2014
05:49 PM ET

What if Donald Sterling fights Clippers sale?

(CNN) – After banning Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life from the NBA, commissioner Adam Silver said he is committed to forcing a sale of Sterling's team.

But what if the real estate mogul fights the sale? Sports law attorney Jeffrey Kessler weighs in.

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politics lead

April 30th, 2014
05:40 PM ET

Racial controversies on Capitol Hill

(CNN) – There is a new generation of Republicans trying to bridge long time differences with the black community. But sometimes on the road to outreach, some step in a pothole – or two.

CNN's Dana Bash reports on that story, and another racially charged one coming from Congressman Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi.

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national lead

April 30th, 2014
05:09 PM ET

Florida Gov. Rick Scott: Flood damage worse than Hurricane Ivan

(CNN) – After storms and flooding pounded the state, Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for 26 counties.

"There's about 18,000 homes without power right now," Scott said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper. "I brought in the National Guard, we've brought in 24 high water vehicles. We brought in boats from fish and wildlife, vehicles from fish and wildlife."

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