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Columbia City's Ark Lodge Cinemas needs help: It needed help (and a hug, but mostly cash) before COVID-19 hit, but now it really needs help (save your hugs for after the pandemic): "Major studios are offering us 100 percent of zero." Read this interview from South Seattle Emerald:

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Nevada and Colorado join the Western States Pact: Governors in Washington, Oregon, and California announced this morning that Colorado and Nevada will join "a working group of Western state governors with a shared vision for modifying stay at home orders and fighting COVD-19." The states will work on an "agreed upon approach" while reopening their economies.

California is weeks away, not months away, from loosening social distancing guidelines, according to California Gov. Gavin Newsom. It's unclear how loose is loose.

Texas will begin to reopen on Friday: Gov. Greg Abbott made the announcement this afternoon. From CNN: "The Republican's new order, which supersedes local orders, will allow businesses like retail stores, malls, restaurants and theaters to reopen Friday but limits occupancy to 25%. The order will also allow libraries and museums to open."

Gov. Inslee will slowly reopen Washington state's recreational fishing season: The state will also reopen state boat ramps on May 5. Inslee, along with Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz and others, will hold a press conference at 2:30 today. You can watch it here.

Chairwoman of the Arizona GOP encouraged #ReOpenAmerica protestors to dress as health care workers to trick the media. The chairwoman, "Dr." Kelli Ward, was an Arizona State Senator from 2012 to 2015.

She's accused health care workers of being crisis actors: I want to go back to 2016 when I thought the concept of "post-truth" was fake news.

Boeing CEO says: "We expect it will take two to three years for travel to return to 2019 levels and an additional few years beyond that for the industry’s long-term trend growth to return,” reports the Seattle Times.

Some signs that New York's hospitalization rate is... "basically flat."

Washington's most recent update from its Department of Health lists 749 deaths and 13,521 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Washington state.

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Some arts funding updates: Seattle Opera received a $2.3 million loan from the federal Paycheck Protection Program. Pacific Northwest Ballet received $3 million.

Meat is the new toilet paper: It's a good time to be a vegan. (Okay, meat isn't disappearing, but you'll likely have fewer choices and slightly higher prices.)

Should Washington ease restrictions on elective surgeries more quickly? Who would that decision impact the most? Read Rich's post on how health care workers share mixed feelings about easing restrictions.