News Wrap: China loyalist elected as Hong Kong’s next leader

In our news wrap Sunday, a staunch Beijing loyalist has been elected as Hong Kong's next chief executive in a rubber-stamp committee vote, Nepali Sherpa Kami Rita scaled Mnt. Everest for a record 26th time, and the Kentucky Derby saw one of the greatest underdog finishes in the history of the sport as Rich Strike overcame 80-1 odds in a come-from-behind victory.

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  • Geoff Bennett:

    And today's headlines, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has announced that the U.S. Senate will vote Wednesday on legislation seeking to codify abortion rights into law.

  • Sen. Chuck Schumer, Majority Leader:

    Every senator must show where he or she stands, and it's on something as important as this. We're not going to let anybody hide because America is on our side.

  • Geoff Bennett:

    We'll have more on the fight over abortion later in the broadcast. Hong Kong has a new leader, a staunch Beijing loyalist has been elected as the next chief executive and a rubber stamp committee vote. John Lee became known for overseeing the sometimes violent crackdowns on Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement back in 2019.

    His victory is sparking concerns that China could further tighten its grip on the region. Lee ran unopposed after Hong Kong's electoral laws were changed last year to allow candidates loyal to Beijing. Lee will replace current leader Carrie Lam in July.

    In Nepal weekend, a Sherpa from the mountainous country scaled Mount Everest for a record 26 time. According to a government official, Kami Rita Sherpa broke his own record set just last year. Sherpas act as guides up the mountain and have dwelled in the Himalayan peaks for generations.

    And in two minutes and 2.61 seconds, last night's Kentucky Derby saw one of the greatest underdog finishes in the history of the sport. At 80 to one odds Rich Strikes come from behind when was the second longest odds ever in the race is 148-year history. And the winning horse wasn't even in the original draw. Rich Strike was subbed in Friday after another horse was scratched.

    And still to come on "PBS News Weekend," a deadly heatwave in India shows the real world effects of climate change. And our weekend briefing we discuss the politics of abortion following the leaked Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v Wade.

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