Sports • B1 state • A3 Going National? ELECTIONS VHS 7-on-7 weighing D.C. trip Lieutenant governor hopefuls stump Wed n e sday, Ju ly 6, 2011 • 50¢ www.v ick sburg p ost.com People Ever y day Si nCE 1883 Vicksburg gets $16,000 check in payback from embezzlement A DAY FOR A DAYDREAM Carters’ 65 years By John Surratt firstname.lastname@example.org Presidential couple marks anniversary B6 WEATHER Tonight: partly cloudy, chance of showers, lows in the lower 70s Thursday: partly cloudy, chance of rain, highs in the low to mid-90s Mississippi River: 37.1 feet Rose: 0.01 foot Flood stage: 43 feet A9 DEATHS • Eugene Alvin Barrett • Eugene J. Pedrotti A9 TODAY IN HISTORY 1809: French troops arrest Pope Pius VII, who had excommunicated Emperor Napoleon I; the pope is confined for about five years. 1885: French scientist Louis Pasteur tests an anti-rabies vaccine on 9-yearold Joseph Meister, who had been bitten Louis by an inPasteur fected dog; the boy did not develop rabies. 1945: President Harry S. Truman signs an executive order establishing the Medal of Freedom. 1971: Jazz trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong dies in New York at age 69. 2001: Former FBI agent Robert Hanssen pleads guilty to 15 criminal counts and agrees to give a full accounting of his spying activities for Moscow. INDEX Business................................A7 Classifieds............................. B8 Comics................................... B4 Puzzles................................... B7 Dear Abby............................ B7 Editorial.................................A4 People/TV............................. B6 CONTACT US Call us Advertising....601-636-4545 Classifieds....... 601-636-SELL Circulation......601-636-4545 News................601-636-4545 E-mail us See A2 for e-mail addresses ONLINE www.vicksburgpost.com VOLUME 129 NUMBER 187 2 SECTIONS KATIE CARTER•The Vicksburg Post Tuesday’s intermittent rainfall made the temperature just right — between showers — for being outside and seeing the previously parched landscape get a drink of life. Above, Theresa Barnes of Baton Rouge and her nephew Johnathan Barnes, 10, the son of John Henry and Linda Morgan, cross a bridge over the rain-swollen Stouts Bayou. Below, the two, along with niece Cabria Barnes, the daughter of Kevin Barnes and Kimberly Carson, try to balance as they play follow the leader at a park on Valley Street. At right, Cabria shows off the tiny toad she found in wet grass. The National Weather Service forecasts scattered showers and thunderstorms throughout the week with highs in the low to mid-90s. The City of Vicksburg has received a $16,193 check from the State Auditor’s Office to cover part of the city funds embezzled by former city employee Barry Graham, Mayor Paul Winfield said Monday. Winfield announced receiving the check about an hour after a meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen. Graham, 57, the former TV23 director, pleaded guilty in Warren County Circuit Court on July 30, Barry 2010, to a felony embezGraham zlement charge involving about $25,000 to $30,000 in city funds used to buy electronics for his personal use. Circuit Judge M. James Chaney placed Graham on five years’ probation, fined him $1,500 and ordered him to repay the city $21,715 and $4,455 in interest for city See Payback, Page A9. County ups refund on Ameristar taxes By Danny Barrett Jr. email@example.com Warren County will refund Ameristar Casino $822.31 more than the amount on which the two parties settled in 2010 after a yearlong court fight over the casino’s property value for 2009 tax purposes. Supervisors agreed to pay the casino $197,691.34 by July 20 to make up for an error found in the original calculation of the gaming venue’s tax bill for personal property, which refers to non-structural items now built onto land, such as inventories kept by a business. The amount resulted from a cut of nearly $11 million on values assigned to the casino’s 21 properties in Vicksburg, resulting in a $3.3 million tax bill on the real property. It essentially split the difference between Ameristar’s tax liability before its renovation completed in 2008 and what the Tax Assessor’s Office originally calculated. Supervisors missed a Feb. 15 deadline See County, Page A9. In the end, Casey Anthony could be out by weekend By The Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. — Jurors aren’t talking. Prosecutors are stunned that they lost. Defense attorneys are lashing out at the media. And Casey Anthony could be free by the weekend. A case that involved years of forensic investigation, weeks of often highly technical testimony and untold hours of media analysis turned out to be a quick decision for the jurors weighing whether Anthony killed her toddler daughter. Early in their second day of deliberations, the 12 men and women concluded Tuesday the COME 25-year-old lied to investigators but wasn’t guilty in her child’s death. Now Anthony waits to learn if she could spend her first night out of jail in almost three years since she was first accused in the case. She was only convicted of four misdemeanor counts of lying to investigators, and it’s possible that Judge Belvin Perry could sentence her Thursday to time already served for those crimes. The four counts of lying to sheriff’s deputies each carry a maximum sentence of one year. Anthony has been in jail The associated press See Anthony, Page A10. Casey Anthony is overcome with emotion following her acquittal Tuesday. AFRAID OF ENDOSCOPY? 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