Jury deliberations begin in Kyle Rittenhouse trial
Deliberations will begin Tuesday morning in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, a day after the jury heard closing arguments. Judge Bruce Schroeder on Monday dismissed a misdemeanor count Rittenhouse faced over whether he was a minor in possession of a firearm illegally. The defense argued the charge couldn’t apply because of what they said is an exception in the law. The prosecution objected, but the judge sided with the defense. Schroeder instructed the jury Monday about the elements of the various offenses charged, and options to find Rittenhouse guilty of some lesser versions of the crimes originally charged. Since Rittenhouse has raised self-defense, the critical question jurors will decide is whether his decision to use deadly force was reasonable. The case began Nov. 1 and featured eight days of testimony from about 30 witnesses and more than a dozen videos from the night of Aug. 25, 2020, when then-17-year-old Rittenhouse fatally shot two men and wounded a third during a violent protest.
Biden to showcase infrastructure package in New Hampshire
President Joe Biden will be in Woodstock, New Hampshire, Tuesday to deliver remarks on how the newly signed bipartisan infrastructure law “repairs and rebuilds the nation’s roads and bridges,” according to his official schedule. The Associated Press notes specifically that Biden will visit a bridge that carries state Route 175 over the Pemigewasset River. Built in 1939, the bridge has been on the state’s “red list” since 2014 because of its poor condition. “The president is going there because there is a broken-down bridge that needs to be repaired,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said. Biden’s trip comes a day after he signed into law a sweeping $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, completing the most significant legislative victory of his presidency and the largest investment in U.S. infrastructure in decades. Biden, who will be in Detroit Wednesday, and members of his Cabinet will spread out around the country to showcase the package in the coming days.
Pacific Northwest expected to be drier, but danger from recent storm remains
The Pacific Northwest saw another onslaught of heavy rainfall and high winds Monday that forced evacuations and closed schools across the region. An atmospheric river walloped the area late last week, with nearly ceaseless rain, and its tail end is “coming with one last strong push,” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported. Flooding and mudslides closed part of Interstate 5 near Bellingham, Washington, just south of the Canadian border. Late Monday, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a severe weather state of emergency in 14 Western Washington counties and said the state Emergency Management Division, with support from the Washington National Guard, would coordinate the response. Forecasters said conditions should be should improve by Tuesday after parts of the region have seen more than six inches of rain. But the National Weather Service issued flood warnings for several rivers around Western Washington.
Keep an eye to the sky for the Leonid meteor shower
The peak of the Leonid meteor shower will be visible across the night sky late Tuesday and especially early Wednesday. Some of the greatest meteor showers ever seen have been the Leonids, so you don’t want to miss this moment. Leonids are also fast: They travel at 44 miles per second and are considered to be some of the fastest meteors out there, NASA said. The Leonids appear to be coming from the constellation Leo the Lion (hence their name) in the east. In ideal conditions, you will be able to see 10 to 15 meteors, also known as “shooting stars,” at the peak of the shower, according to EarthSky. The best time to look is just before dawn on Wednesday, after the moon has set.
Green Bay Packers’ first stock sale in 10 years begins
The sixth Green Bay Packers stock sale, the first opportunity since 2011 to buy shares in the team, will begin at 8 a.m. CT on Tuesday. The Packers said Monday they will sell 300,000 shares at $300 each plus handling fee. The sale will continue to Feb. 25, 2022, but could be extended. The Packers said they would use the money for improvements at Lambeau Field. The projects, including completed and planned concourse upgrades, and new video scoreboards, total about $250 million. The NFL requires money raised by a stock sale to be used only for stadium projects that are beneficial to fans. The Packers are the only team to which the rule applies because they are the only publicly owned team. Shareholders get to vote for Packers board directors and some other motions at the annual shareholders meeting. The team has 361,300 shareholders who collectively own about 5,009,400 shares. Previous stock sales were in 1923, 1935, 1950, 1997 and 2011.
Contributing: The Associated Press