Iowa religious leaders call on churches to avoid gatherings despite state loosening rules
Des Moines Register: Leaders from more than a dozen Christian denominations are calling on Iowans to refrain from in-person religious gatherings despite Gov. Kim Reynolds’ lifting of some restrictions on religious services. Reynolds announced Monday that religious institutions can once again host gatherings that were banned since last month because of the coronavirus outbreak, as long as the groups observe social distancing guidelines and increase sanitary cleaning. The Interfaith Alliance of Iowa on Tuesday issued a statement calling on Iowa congregations and members to stay at home.

Cedar Rapids adopts $637M budget, knowing it likely will change because of virus
Cedar Rapids Gazette: The Cedar Rapids City Council on Tuesday approved a $637 million budget for fiscal 2021, knowing full well it may be revisiting that plan throughout the year as the coronavirus’s impacts on city revenues and expenses become known. Mayor Brad Hart said budget changes “will be dependent on how much recovery we get from the federal and state government. There’s still work to be done.” City Finance Director Casey Drew said the city is applying for grants to assist with the costs incurred from the coronavirus pandemic. “Some of this stuff still is evolving and seems to change week to week,” he said.

Trump orders meat and poultry processing plants to stay open during coronavirus
USA Today: Faced with worries of a meat shortage caused by the coronavirus, President Donald Trump on Tuesday ordered beef, pork and poultry processing plants to remain open despite safety concerns. Citing his authority under the Defense Production Act, Trump declared in an executive order that “it is important that processors of beef, pork, and poultry (‘meat and poultry’) in the food supply chain continue operating and fulfilling orders to ensure a continued supply of protein for Americans.” Critics said the forced openings threaten the safety of workers. Trump also told reporters he would seek to shield meat plants from legal liability if they are sued by employees who contract the coronavirus while on the job.

America’s economy just had its worst quarter since 2008
CNN Business: The U.S. economy contracted for the first time in nearly six years between January and March, as the coronavirus crisis put the business world in a chokehold. America’s first-quarter gross domestic product, the most expansive measure of the U.S. economy, fell at a 4.8% annualized rate, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reported today. It was the first contraction of the U.S. economy since the first quarter of 2014, and the worst drop since the fourth quarter of 2008.