Chicago – Republican Alan Keyes called rival Barack Obama's views on abortion "the slaveholder's position."
Keyes ripped Obama's voting record Monday during the former diplomat's first day on the campaign trail in the race for the U.S. Senate.
During a whirlwind round of broadcast interviews, Keyes said Obama violated the principle that all men are created equal by voting against an anti-abortion bill in the Illinois Senate. That legislation would have outlawed a form of late-term abortion in the state.
St. Louis, MO – The Post-Dispatch reports the assessed value of all the land in St. Louis County dropped this year. It's only the second drop in the last 50 years.
The assessed value this year is $18.736 billion, compared to $18.841 billion last year.
But people who live in the County might still pay more in property taxes. That's because the school districts, library boards, fire protection districts and city governments who show up on those bills can still raise their rates to off-set the lost land value.
St. Louis, MO – Thousands of people turned land near the Edward Jones Dome into a campground this weekend.
They were lining up early to try out for the reality TV show "American Idol." The show awards a recording contract to the winner.
Samuel Ward drove his grandson Michael from Kansas City, Kan. to the tryouts. The elder Ward says he had fun, despite sleeping on concrete for two days. "I want to see maybe his dream will come true," Ward said Sunday.