The week ahead: 3 stories to watch for

Remembering John Lewis, hurricanes and a coronavirus relief measure are the stories to watch for this week.


Continued remembrances for civil rights icon John Lewis, another congressional aid package for coronavirus relief and hurricanes are the stories to watch this week.

Public viewings of civil rights icon John Lewis being held throughout the week

The late civil rights icon U.S. Rep. John Lewis will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol, following weekend remembrances of him.

The public can pay their respects on Monday from approximately 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Tuesday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Congressional leaders noted there will be special coronavirus precautions, including physical distancing, in place and visitors will have to adhere to a Washington, D.C. mayoral order to wear masks there.

The 80-year-old was a key figure in the civil rights movement, organizing protests, enduring dozens of arrests and serving as a key part of marches in the push for racial equality.

Congress considering another coronavirus aid package

Negotiations over a new COVID-19 rescue bill are continuing as extra aid fades away.

The last full weeks of extra $600 unemployment benefits ended Saturday. The benefit officially expires July 31, but due to the way states process unemployment payments, the cutoff was effectively July 25.

A sticking point for Republicans on the new aid bill is how to cut the $600 weekly boost. Republicans largely believe the add-on, which had been approved in an earlier aid bill, is too much and becoming a disincentive for returning to work. The new bill could extend the benefit at a lower amount.

Storms bringing threats in Gulf and Pacific

Hanna became the first hurricane of the season when it was upgraded from a tropical storm Saturday. It brought warnings of dangerous flash flooding as it crept slowly by Corpus Christi, Texas, and toward Mexico.

Gonzalo, which moved across the Atlantic as a tropical storm and crept along the coast of Venezuela, brought similar warnings but dissipated Saturday during the day. Tropical squalls associated with the remnants of Gonzalo could continue Sunday and bring gusty winds and heavy rain to portions of the southeastern Caribbean, according to the National Hurricane Center.

And Douglas poses potential threats to Hawaii, where it could continue as a hurricane or be a strong tropical storm when it nears the eastern end of the state. It was forecast to be near the islands July 25 through Sunday night.