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The week ahead: 3 stories to watch

Amid Congress threatening to impeach President Donald Trump again, somber stories are expected this week.

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Amid Congress threatening to impeach President Donald Trump again, somber stories are expected this week: bringing further closure for a family, raising death row issues ahead of the presidential transition and concluding an international doping trial.

Fatal explosion

One family is reaching another chapter after losing their 12-year-old daughter, Linda "Michellita" Rogers, in a natural gas explosion that destroyed their Dallas home in 2018.

Two other homes were destroyed by related natural gas incidents during the two days prior to the explosion that killed Rogers. In 2019, Atmos Energy settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the family.

The National Transportation Safety Board will review the investigation during a meeting online Tuesday, addressing findings, probable cause and safety recommendations.

Federal executions

Three federal inmates are set to be executed at the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Indiana, days before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row, is scheduled to be executed Tuesday. Montgomery was convicted of the horrific murder of a pregnant 23-year-old, Bobbie Jo Stinnett, in the northwest Missouri town of Skidmore in December 2004.

Cory Johnson, who was convicted of killing seven people related to his drug trafficking in Virginia in 1992, is set to be executed Thursday.

Dustin Higgs’ execution is scheduled for Friday. He was convicted of ordering the 1996 murders of three women in Maryland.

Doping verdict

A verdict is expected Friday in a trial involving a German doctor, Mark Schmidt, accused of masterminding a global doping ring involving multiple sports that include clients from several countries.

German broadcaster DW has reported that prosecutors alleged that the doctor has been accused of blood doping for athletes, allowing them to enhance their performance without failing drug tests.

Schmidt was a sports doctor in cycling. The case, which involved U.S. authorities, broke in 2019 when police carried out an operation at a world ski championship in Austria.

The Associated Press contributed.