Top Headlines: Assessing tornado damage, Officials unsure on restart date

Tornado damages buildings, injures multiple people north of Birmingham
At least three people were injured when a tornado touched down near the Walker-Jefferson County line near Dora, Alabama on Sunday afternoon. An old gas station was completely destroyed near old Highway 78 on the county line around 5:30 p.m. A woman was pulled from a damaged car on the scene and was transported to a local hospital by paramedics. Her condition is unknown at this time. – WBMA

Alabama healthcare providers getting $449.5 million in early fed relief
Alabama healthcare providers including physicians and hospitals will get $449.5 million through the first round of federal aid to help the institutions defray coronavirus-related costs. The money is through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was recently passed by Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump. –

Officials unsure about May 1 as a nationwide restart
Public health experts on Sunday debated the question of when to reopen portions of the U.S. economy, shuttered because of the coronavirus pandemic, with several Trump administration officials cautioning that a target date of May 1 — floated by President Trump, among others — may not be realistic. “It is a target, and, obviously, we’re hopeful about that target, but I think it’s just too early to be able to tell that we see light at the end of the tunnel,” Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn said on ABC News’s “This Week.” – Washington Post

Major pork supplier closing facility, putting meat supply chain at risk
One of the country’s largest pork processing facilities is closing until further notice as employees fall ill with Covid-19. The closure puts the country’s meat supply at risk, said the CEO of Smithfield, which operates the plant. “The closure of this facility, combined with a growing list of other protein plants that have shuttered across our industry, is pushing our country perilously close to the edge in terms of our meat supply,” the meat processor’s chief executive, Kenneth Sullivan, said in a statement Sunday. – CNN Business

Baumhower’s to offer groceries starting Monday
Bob Baumhower is no stranger to adversity. But, he hasn’t seen anything like this. Baumhower, CEO of Aloha Hospitality, owns and operates 11 restaurants in nine cities in Alabama. Like all business owners, he’s feeling the all-out economic blitz of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since mid-March, sales are down between 70-80 percent at Baumhower’s locations. –

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