Week ahead: 4 stories to watch

President Biden's joint address to Congress, the NFL Draft and more: Here are the stories to watch this week.


Above video: Fighting the spike in violence against Asian Americans

President Biden's joint address to Congress, the NFL Draft and more: Here are the stories to watch this week.


President Joe Biden's first address to a joint session of Congress will look like no other in recent memory.

Traditionally held in the House chamber, there will be limits to the number of lawmakers allowed to gather due to COVID-19 distancing protocols. The speech is set for just before Biden's 100th day in office.

The speech will provide him an opportunity to update the American public on his progress toward fulfilling his promises. It will also give him a chance to make the case for the $2.3 trillion infrastructure package.


The first round of the three-day NFL Draft begins, featuring a return to some in-person events.

Several teams are hoping to find their franchise guy, with Jacksonville, the Jets and San Francisco all could take quarterbacks with the first three picks on Thursday, something that has happened only twice (1971, 1999) in the common draft era.

Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence is widely expected to go first to the Jaguars.


Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month begins another celebration of diversity.

The month of May was chosen to commemorate the first Japanese immigrants to the U.S. in 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869 in recognition of Chinese immigrant workers, U.S. officials note.

The monthlong tribute, recognizing our country’s history of immigrants, comes following a surge in racist attacks and efforts to stop the violence.

After a wildly different Kentucky Derby last year, this year's run for the roses will feel a bit more normal with fans returning for a traditional spring Derby.

The 2021 Kentucky Derby takes place on Saturday, at Churchill Downs, the highlight of the Kentucky Derby week. There are races all day leading up the fastest two minutes in sports, which starts at 6:50 p.m.

Expect fans in the stands again for this year's Derby but significantly less than normal due to social distancing limits on seating.

The Associated Press contributed.