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Situational awareness: Texas will allow retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters and malls to reopen on May 1 at 25% occupancy. Go deeper.
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America's food supply chain is in trouble because of coronavirus outbreaks in rural meatpacking plant communities.
Why it matters: For consumers, this means less meat at the grocery store. For many farmers, this means the prospect of financial ruin. For many animals, this means euthanasia instead of slaughter.
The big picture: Plants in more than a dozen states have closed in recent weeks, spanning beef, pork, poultry and fish.
Between the lines: There's also an enormous human toll taking place at these plants.
What's next: House Ag Chair Collin Peterson told CNN today that he predicts shortages of pork as soon as next week.
The bottom line: America's farmers have long feared that everyday citizens were clueless about how their food gets made.
A Tyson Fresh Meats plant in Waterloo, Iowa.
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Coming to Disney Plus: “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” will begin streaming on May 4, about two months earlier than scheduled. (AP)