American Idol Resumes Tonight With David Archuleta Leading Pack

American Idol picks up its live competition again tonight on FOX. the contestants have dwindled down, and the show is getting close to the point where top singers might start being eliminated.

Don’t expect one of those top singers to be teen sensation David Archuleta. He is the gambling man’s favorite to be the next American Idol.

He has had several flawless performances, and the one week he struggled with the lyrics he still was not eliminated. That means it will take a couple horrendous performances before people will even consider voting him off.

Several contestants will be put on notice tonight, however. Kristy Lee Cook and Saisha Mercado have been narrowly avoiding their departure over the past couple weeks. Jason Castro is also slipping out of favor with voters.

David Cook, Michael Johns, Carly Smithson, and Brooke White have been on cruise control for much of the past few performances. Tonight’s live show will lead in to tomorrow night’s American Idol Gives Back show.

Smoking Ban Compromise Reached In Regards To Casinos

A battle has been raging on over a proposed smoking ban in Iowa. The state House and Senate have not been able to come to a compromise that is acceptable to both. Up until Tuesday.

On Tuesday, the two sides reached an agreement in regards to the proposed smoking ban. Casinos and the Iowa Veterans Home would be the only exceptions to the new ban.

Indoor smoking bans have been on the table for both the Senate and the House. While the Senate wanted a strict ban on smoking, the House was a bit more lenient. They wanted casinos and bars and restaurants with liquor licenses to all be exempt from the ban.

The two sides wrestled with the ideas for a while. On Tuesday, however, the stalemate came to an end. Smoking will be banned from all indoor public areas. The only exceptions would be the Veterans Home, and casinos. The catch for the casinos will be that smoking will only be permitted on the casino floor.

Politicians on both sides were not fully in favor of the new law. The ones that were opposed, however, were willing to compromise. They did not want another year to go by without some form of a smoking ban being in place. That prompted the compromise.

The committee that reached the compromise was composed of ten members.

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