Updated May 1, 2019

Tornadoes tear across Midwest, southern Plains in severe outbreak

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At least 22 reported tornadoes touched down across the southern Plains and South-Central U.S. on Tuesday, as forecasters alert for more potential twisters in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and parts of Illinois, tearing trees out of the ground, ripping roofs off of homes and knocking down power lines.

Details: According to the National Weather Service, the most severe storms are expected along a 1,000-mile stretch from central Texas to central Illinois, while the greatest risk for tornadoes centers on an area from south-central Oklahoma to southwestern Missouri. The risk of isolated tornadoes, high winds, baseball-sized hail and torrential downpours remains throughout the evening, while severe thunderstorms are likely to expand across the Midwest into Wednesday as a spring storm shifts east.

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Hospitals are starting to get their coronavirus cash infusion

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The federal government is sending $64 billion to hospitals, post-acute facilities and other medical providers to help cope with the coronavirus fallout.

Yes, but: Even though more funding is coming, safety net and rural hospitals fear they are getting a raw deal from the way some of the money is being distributed.

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Biden, Sanders work toward truce on big issues

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Joe Biden isn’t about to become Bernie Sanders, but he’s signaling that there’s potential for more common ground on issues such as health care, student debt, climate change and more in the weeks ahead.

What to watch: As Biden courts Sanders' endorsement, their teams will hold policy discussions in the next few weeks with the expectation that Biden will incorporate some elements of Sanders' agenda, a person familiar with those plans tells Axios.

Some Trump aides eye May 1 start to coronavirus reopening

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President Trump's aides, encouraged by virus data showing fewer deaths than once projected, are working behind the scenes to deliver on his vow to reopen America "sooner rather than later."

What to watch for: A senior White House official said there’s a lot of internal energy pushing for May 1, because that's the end of the White House's "30 Days to Slow the Spread."