NPR News: 03-13-2020 10AM ET

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Live from NPR news in Washington. I'm Korva Coleman. Stocks opened higher this morning as investors look to Washington for some relief in the face of growing corona virus. Npr's Scott Horsley reports. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped more than a thousand points at the opening bell. Major market indexes rebounded sharply in the first few minutes of trading stocks regained. Some of the ground. They lost on Thursday in the biggest one day route. Since nineteen eighty seven investors are hoping that Congress and the White House can agree on a package to help prop up the economy. Even as workers and consumers try to adjust growing restrictions put in place to control the corona virus pandemic lawmakers have been working on a plan that would include more food stamps unemployment insurance free testing for the virus and help for states facing higher healthcare costs. The House is expected to vote on the measure as early as today. Scott horsely. Npr News Washington House Speaker. Nancy Pelosi is negotiating with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin over that legislative package. Democrats unveiled a bill late last night. But some Republicans and members of the trump administration have expressed concerns with key parts of the package. The Food and Drug Administration says it's ramping up the ability for private labs to start testing for the corona virus. The expanded testing will start first in New York state. Dr Anthony Vouching Director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases says the private sector will help boost the number of test kits available in the. Us I must say that anyone and everyone I'm saying it's going to be markedly improved in. What has changed is that there's been a major involvement of the private sector the companies that generally do these kinds of tests for living now going to be major major league involved in getting this available to the public he spoke to MSNBC Iraq has condemned U s airstrikes militia backed by Iran the overnight strikes were in retaliation for the deaths of US and British personnel. This week in a rocket attack near Baghdad. Npr's Jane Arraf Report on the strengths and Iraq. The US says it hit weapons depots used by one of the major Iran linked groups tab Hezbollah which it accuses of attacks on US forces. The Iraqi government though says the air strikes also hit a civilian airport under construction in Karbala and an Iraqi army unit racks military condemned the attack saying violated agreements with the US and coalition partners. It said the casualties included Iraqi army commandos KHATTAB HEZBOLLAH AND OTHER RONNBACK groups in Iraq have threatened revenge on US forces over the drone killing and Baghdad of a senior Iraqi security official Jane Arraf NPR news on Wall Street. The Dow was up six hundred seventy eight points or more than three percent. The Nasdaq is up. Two hundred fifty four points or three and a half percent this is NPR commercial satellite. Imagery shows what appear to be mass graves being dug in Iran. Npr's Jeff Brumfield reports. They are near the epicenter of the corona virus outbreak in that country. The images were taken on March first by the company Max are and showed trenches dug in cemetery on the outskirts of the holy city of Qom. The Washington Post which broke the story also published social media posts in which a large number of bodies appear to be taken to the site. Comb is at the center of the outbreak in Iran which is one of the largest in the world. The country has reported over ten thousand cases and more than four hundred deaths so far but some feared the count may be even Higher Jeff Brumfield. Npr News Washington. California's governor has issued a sweeping executive order that would allow state officials to take over properties to deal with the Corona Virus Governor Gavin. Newsom order would allow the state to commandeer hotels and medical facilities to help care for people in California with the illness. The order also bans. Large gatherings of two hundred fifty people were more states are taking fresh steps to prevent the spread of the corona virus. They're closing all public schools. School closures had been limited to areas where clusters of the virus had turned up such as in Seattle now all public. Schools are closed in Maryland Michigan New Mexico Ohio and Oregon this morning Washington. Dc announce it. Starting Monday students would not report to school for the rest of this month again on Wall Street. The Dow's up seven hundred twenty four points. I'm KORVA COLEMAN NPR news.

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