George Floyd service, jobless claims, Arbery suspects in court: 5 things to know Thursday

George Floyd to be remembered at Minneapolis service

As protests continue around the country over the death of George Floyd, the first of several memorial services will be held Thursday in Minneapolis. Floyd died Memorial Day after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes while Floyd was handcuffed and saying he couldn’t breathe. On Thursday, a memorial service will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at North Central University. Rev. Al Sharpton will deliver a eulogy; Floyd family attorney Benjamin Crump and Floyd’s family members will also participate. Memorial and funeral services will also be held in North Carolina on Saturday and in Texas next week.

Nearly 2 million Americans likely filed jobless claims last week

Another numbing wave of COVID-19-related layoffs is likely to be reported Thursday, with an estimated 1.8 million Americans having filed initial applications for unemployment insurance last week. That would push total unemployment claims over the past 11 weeks to a staggering 42.5 million. But it also would mark the ninth straight weekly decline since claims peaked at 6.9 million at the end of March.Jobless claims provide the best measure of layoffs across the U.S. but they don’t reflect just payroll cuts. Some Americans seeking benefits have been furloughed while others have seen their hours reduced.

Men charged in Ahmaud Arbery’s murder to appear Georgia court

The three men accused in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery were scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning, according to the Glynn County Magistrate Court. Arbery, a black man, was shot three times on Feb. 23 after a white father and son – Gregory and Travis McMichael – chased him down while he was jogging through a neighborhood two miles from his home in Brunswick. A third white man, William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., captured the killing on video. The Thursday hearing was scheduled for 9:30 a.m. ET. The hearing was not a bond hearing, and a bond hearing had not been scheduled, the court said.

NBA owners on verge of approving plan to resume 2019-20 season

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver plans to propose a finish to the 2019-20 season at Thursday’s NBA’s Board of Governors video conference, a person with knowledge of the details told USA TODAY Sports. Though there is hope owners will approve the plan, — it requires a three-fourths vote, a chance remains that discussion evolves and a vote does not take place.  Silver’s proposal includes the participation of nine teams from the Eastern Conference and 13 and from the Western Conference for a total of 22, a play-in tournament for the final seeds in each conference and a 16-team playoff at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. If owners vote in favor of this plan, the National Basketball Players Association must ratify it to resume play.

J.C. Penney to reveal more than 200 store closings

Lawyers for retailer J.C. Penney on Thursday are expected to reveal in a court filing which of its store locations will close permanently as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring plan. According to a document filed with the Securities and Exchanges Commission, the chain is poised to close 242 stores permanently, leaving it with about 600 remaining locations. A bankruptcy judge is expected to hold a hearing about the proposed closures June 11. J.C. Penney filed for bankruptcy protection on May 15, citing excessive debt, years of declining sales and the pandemic closures.

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