Week ahead: 3 stories to watch

Earth Day, closing arguments in a trial over the death of George Floyd and more. Here's what to know.


Earth Day, closing arguments in a trial over the death of George Floyd and more.

Here's what to know with the week ahead.

Chauvin trial

Closing arguments begin Monday involving the murder trial for former Officer Derek Chauvin, accused of killing George Floyd.

Chauvin, 45, is charged with murder and manslaughter of the 46-year-old Black man.

Prosecutors say Floyd died because the officer’s knee was pressed against Floyd’s neck or close to it for 9 1/2 minutes.

After the arguments, a racially diverse jury will begin deliberating at a barbed-wire-ringed courthouse.

The most serious charge against the now-fired white officer, second-degree murder, carries up to 40 years in prison, though state guidelines call for about 12.

Daunte Wright funeral

A funeral is slated for Thursday for the 20-year-old Black man who was fatally shot during a traffic stop.

Former Brooklyn Center police Officer Kim Potter was charged with second-degree manslaughter in Sunday's shooting of Wright.

The former police chief in Brooklyn Center, a majority nonwhite suburb, said Potter mistakenly fired her handgun when she meant to use her Taser.

Both the chief and Potter resigned.

The funeral will be at the New Salem Missionary Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Wright's attorney said.

Earth Day

A marquee environmental awareness day is Thursday.

Earth Day was created in the U.S. to increase public awareness of environmental problems.

It’s credited with starting the environmental movement in the U.S.

President Joe Biden is holding a forum on climate, which will be held virtually Thursday and Friday and livestreamed for the public.

The administration has invited dozens of world leaders to participate.

The Associated Press and CNN contributed.