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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 30, 2015, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Monday, March 30, 2015 KCRG- TV9 FIRST ALERT WEATHER, 11B TODAY 64/ 41 Partly cloudy Tuesday Wednesday 64/ 42 67/ 44 Eastern Iowa’s independent, locally owned newspaper www. thegazette. com $ 1.00 VOL. 133 NO. 80 © 2015 The Gazette INDEX • CLASSIFIEDS ............. 7B • COMICS ..................... 6B • DEAR ABBY ............. 12B • DEATHS ................... 10A • HOROSCOPE.............. 8B • LOTTERY .................... 9A • PUZZLES ................. 12B • RIVER LEVELS ........... 9A • SPORTS ..................... 1B • TV ............................ 11B • WEATHER ................ 11B Spartans move on to Final Four Sports , 1B IN THE NEWS Daily © 2015 The Gazette IOWA TODAY Ex- Maryland governor feels urgency in Iowa Martin O’Malley feels out a presidential bid while other potential Democratic candidates take their time to announce, Page 2A TOP STORIES Yemen on brink of chaos Airstrikes, unrest in the country threaten to push regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran closer to war, Page 3A COMMUNITY C. R. agency to be represented in Seattle Consultant Emily Thomson of the Grant Wood AEA will present to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on a teaching mentoring program, Page 7A IOWA TODAY Grant to be used to promote health Linn County coalition will use a $ 130,000 grant to encourage healthier lifestyles, Page 9A SPORTS Paige looks to last year of eligibility Linn- Mar grad and North Carolina All- American reviews Sweet 16 season, Page 2B C. R. nurse lobbies legislators to allow schools to obtain prescriptions for auto- injectors By Andrew Phillips, The Gazette A bill in the Iowa Legislature would give schools more freedom to use EpiPens when students have allergic reactions — potentially saving lives, advocates said. Epinephrine auto- injectors — commonly known as EpiPens, after the brand name of one such device — are used in cases of anaphylaxis, when a severe allergic reaction can cut off a person’s breath. Under current law, Iowa schools are allowed to administer the medicine only to students who have a prescription. That’s problematic, said Cedar Rapids Community School District nurse Laura Wheeler, because one in four people who experience anaphylaxis do not have a known allergy and would not have a prescription. Wheeler has been lobbying Iowa legislators to change that, introducing a bill in the Iowa House that would allow schools to get prescriptions. School employees could administer epinephrine to anyone in need of it — students, teachers or anyone else in the building. Bill aims to expand EpiPen use in schools HEALTH CARE Joel Girdner/ KCRG- TV9 Under Iowa law, schools may use epinephrine auto- injectors for severe allergic reactions only on students who have prescriptions. A bill now in the Iowa Legislature would allow schools to get prescriptions and use the injectors on anyone in need of epinephrine. TRANSPORTATION PUBLIC SAFETY Adam Wesley/ The Gazette Traffic on Interstate 380 passes an electronic Iowa Department of Transportation sign with a message about drunken driving in December 2013 in Cedar Rapids. Three more digital signs will be installed on I- 380. They will be similar to the sign mounted overhead across I- 380 near Wilson Avenue SW. Liz Martin/ The Gazette Traffic flows southbound on Interstate 380 on Friday beneath a sign on a new concrete pad in Cedar Rapids. The concrete for new pads was poured in the fall. DOT installing more digital signs along I- 380 and Highway 30 By B. A. Morelli, The Gazette CEDAR RAPIDS — Motorists on Interstate 380 and Highway 30 soon will encounter more information on their commutes — whether they want it or not. The Iowa Department of Transportation is installing five digital message signs. Two will be on Highway 30 and three on Interstate 380, said Cathy Cutler, a transportation planner with the DOT’s Cedar Rapids District 6 office. “ It's a way to reach out to the traveling public and get high- level, important information to a lot of people,” Cutler said. The digital signs will be similar to the sign mounted overhead across I- 380 near Wilson Avenue SW. Iowa has been expanding the use of the digital signs across the state. The Iowa DOT has 68 overhead mounted signs and 52 digital signs mounted to shoulders along interstates and highways, said Tim Simodyness, of the DOT's intelligent transportation systems department. The locations are strategically selected to convey the right information to the most Get ready for more messages on your commute Speed reading ; EPIPEN, PAGE 11A ; SIGNS, PAGE 11A Injured man, passenger treated and released; incident under investigation By Lee Hermiston, The Gazette CEDAR RAPIDS — Two police officers shot and injured a driver early Sunday after a brief pursuit, when they say the man accelerated toward them, but he later was treated and freed without charges while the incident is being investigated. A Cedar Rapids police spokesman did not release the names of the officers, the driver or a female passenger who was hurt when the car crashed into a utility pole. The passenger also was treated and released from a hospital. The officers were not injured. They were placed on paid administrative leave, which is routine while officerinvolved shootings are investigated, public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said. The incident began about 2 a. m., when Cedar Rapids officers say they saw an orange BMW driving recklessly and speeding in the 1000 block of A Avenue NE. Police said the car drove the wrong way down 12th Street NE, heading toward H Avenue. When the officers — who were in uniform and in a marked squad car, according to Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Rick Rahn — caught up to the car in an alley between Center Point Road and Daniels Street NE, the car crashed into a pole, injuring the passenger. Buelow said as the officers got out of their squad car, the car came toward them in a “ reckless manner.” Two officers fired at the car. The driver, described only as a white male, was struck and Driver shot by police after chase in C. R. ; SHOOTING, PAGE 11A Collins Road Square 1468 Twixt Town Rd Cedar Rapids/ Marion www. bettyjanecandies. com

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