UPDATE: Per HLN Prime News Vinnie Politan– Opening Statements Begin Tuesday May 24th 9 AM EST
Bar any untoward cricumstances, look for opening statements on Monday 5/23. Jose Baez has promised he will “clear it all up in one minute”
Jose Baez told the In Session show that when he’s only one minute into his opening statement in the Casey Anthony trial, he will put to rest any suspicion we have regarding her silence during the 31 days Caylee was missing!
I’m so glad he will explain everything! Aren’t you glad, too? Wow!
Here we have been wondering these last three years why Casey hid for 31 days while her child was “missing” and now Mr. Baez will explain it all to us in just one minute! This is about the best news I’ve ever heard!
There’s just a little problem with this – opening/closing statements are not considered “evidence.” But, hey, surely Mr. Beaz will clarify everything for us in that one minute!
Here’s a transcript of the first time that Mr. Baez and Casey met:
Vicksburg has seen the worst of the floods with the Mississippi River’s height swelling to 56.3 feet at its highest point, eclipsing the record set in 1927.
Employees at Dirt Works, Inc, a cement production business in South Vicksburg, built a makeshift levee to protect the business but it burst on Monday.
The Yazoo River’s Backwater Levee connects with the main Mississippi River levee, and with the Mississippi River overflowing the Yazoo River has been forced to top its banks where they meet, near Vicksburg.
With heavy rains having left the ground saturated there has been widespread flooding along three million acres of farmland from Illinois to Louisiana along the Mississippi.
Around 15 miles of the Mississippi River, which had been closed since Tuesday, has now been reopened with the region and the nation absorbing huge financial losses from the closure.
The Yazoo River is a relatively thin tributary of the Mississippi River but their connection has led to the flooding of around 300 acres of farmland
Washout: Floodwater from the Yazoo river creeps across fields of crops near Yazoo City
If mother nature could paint: Water sweeps across acres of fields like a paint brush
Devastated: This aerial shot over Vicksburg shows the ominous rise of floodwater around homes
Sinking: Little more than the tops of trees remain above the water’s surface
Some 600 boats use the river every day, transporting 500m tons of cargo, keeping the river closed for any length of time would potentially cripple local industries and dent the American economy.
Economic experts had warned earlier this week that the closure of the river could cost $300m a day.
The 15-mile stretch at Natchez in Vicksburg had been closed because waters were near the very top of the levee and it was feared wake from passing ships may cause the levee to breach.
But on Wednesday, forecasters lowered their expectation for how high floodwaters will get.
They are now predicting that the Mississippi River will crest at Vicksburg at 57.1 feet , lower than recent predictions, and that if the water does go over the Yazoo Backwater Levee, it will be only a trickle.
Barricade: Sandbags laid out in piles protect a road in Stepensville, Louisiana
Floating boaters: Dennis Barkemeyer (right) inspects a temporary levee built around a medical center in Vidalia, Louisiana
We’ve all undertaken home improvements but these residents in flood-stricken Mississippi have had to embark on major construction projects just to protect their houses and livelihoods.
These homes in Vicksburg are all situated along the Yazoo River, a tributary of the overflowing Mississippi River, and their owners have surrounded themselves with tons of earth and sand.
With questions over whether the main levees that protect the area from floods would hold, these farmers took no chances and have so far saved their homes and crops from destruction.
Leaking: This homeowner sealed off the driveway to their house but water has crept in over the back of the makeshift levee – not surprising when the Mississippi River’s height has swollen to 56.3 feet – a record high
Braced: The flooding is expected to reach its highest point in Vicksburg
Built up: This homeowner has turned their house into an island in the 300 acres of flooded farmland around the Mississippi River
This home in Vicksburg, Mississippi is surrounded by tons of earth and sand as its owner tries to hold back the floodwaters from the Yazoo River
VICKSBURG, MS – MAY 18: A levee protects a home surrounded by floodwater from the Yazoo River May 18, 2011 near Vicksburg, Mississippi. The flooded Mississippi River is forcing the Yazoo River to top its banks where the two meet near Vicksburg causing towns and farms upstream on the Yazoo to flood. The Mississippi River at Vicksburg is expected to crest May 19. Heavy rains have left the ground saturated, rivers swollen, and have caused widespread flooding along the Mississippi River from Illinois to Louisiana. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
The flooding, which has been ongoing since the last week of April, is expected to reach its peak in Vicksburg. However, temporary measures have not worked for everyone.
The flooding claimed its first life today, after an elderly man slipped while clinging to a fence and drowned before authorities could come to his aid.
Two firefighters on a boat patrol on Wednesday spotted Walter Cook, 69, holding on to the fence in chest-deep water. By the time they reached him, Cook was floating in the water.
The elderly man died overnight at River Region Medical Center in Vicksburg of ‘hypoxic brain injury due to drowning,’ the coroner stated.
Hypoxia is an abnormal condition resulting from a decrease in the oxygen supplied to or utilised by body tissue.
Access route: A small white boat at the right of this protected house gives some idea of how the residents may get to the road with their home cut off
No room with a view: The walls of the levee are almost the same height as the roof of the house
Not quite so resilient: The homemade dam around this home in Vicksburg wasn’t quite high enough
Nevada got a partial waiver from the health care law – a significant development that Democrats are dismissing as par for the course and Republicans are claiming as a political victory.
The Health and Human Services Department announced late Friday that Nevada had secured a statewide waiver from certain implementation requirements of the Obama administration’s health care law, because forcing them through, the department found, “may lead to the destabilization of the individual market.”
The announcement makes Nevada one of only three states to have compliance requirements under the health care bill waived.
Nevada’s Insurance Division had appealed to the feds to reduce the federal requirement that health plans serving people who buy insurance on their own must spend at least 80 percent of the money they collect on medical expenses. Under the national rule, companies that don’t spend that percentage of revenue on medical costs have to cut policyholders rebate checks starting this year.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – It was an emotional night Thursday in north Birmingham as families fought to escape a different type of destruction.
CBS42 has been investigating what’s going on in the environment in north Birmingham. It’s an area where for years people have been complaining about odors from the neighboring plant and a black soot that coats their homes inside and out.
Testing revealed cancer causing contaminants in the soil in parts of that area. On Thursday night, the community, the company and the EPA met face to face.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – The EPA will brief citizens on the toxicity in the soil of North Birmingham tonight. CBS 42 will carry the meeting live on air and at cbs42.com. CBS 42 has been following this story closely. See the related link for our latest story “Deadly Deception.” According to the EPA:
A summary of residential and school soil sampling results (2009) will be shared with the community at large. EPA representatives will talk about current and next steps to address soil contamination in the community.