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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - May 2, 2015, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Saturday, May 2, 2015 KCRG- TV9 FIRST ALERT WEATHER, 13C TODAY 76/ 56 Partly cloudy, mild Sunday Monday 80/ 60 72/ 53 Eastern Iowa’s independent, locally owned newspaper www. thegazette. com $ 1.00 Market season Find schedules and changes for this summer’s area farmers markets, 1C UNI back David Johnson, Iowa lineman Carl Davis selected Sports, 1B NFL Draft Daily © 2015 The Gazette VOL. 133 NO. 113 © 2015 The Gazette • BUSINESS 380 ........................... 11A • CLASSIFIEDS ................................ 5C • COMICS ........................................ 4C • DEAR ABBY ................................ 14C • DEATHS ........................................ 9A • LIVING .......................................... 1C • LOTTERY ....................................... 7A • PUZZLES .................................... 14C • RIVER LEVELS .............................. 9A • SPORTS ........................................ 1B • TV ............................................... 13C • WEATHER ................................... 13C ‘ This is about as scary as it gets,’ Northey says By Orlan Love, The Gazette WAYLAND — Even Iowa poultry producers, who so far have escaped the bird flu, can’t escape the ominous feeling that it could strike at any moment. “ This is by far the biggest scare I’ve ever experienced,” said third- generation turkey producer Russ Yoder, who farms near Wayland. “ You can be doing everything right, and a sick sparrow can drop it in on you,” said Yoder, whose family started raising turkeys in 1936. Another third- generation, Wayland- area turkey producer, Tim Graber, said he’s never seen anything like it before. “ We’ve had disease scares. They come and go. You can treat them and deal with it. But with this one, the Farmers fear their luck won’t hold Graber sprays down a bucket attachment for a skid loader before using it to load bedding into one of his turkey buildings in Wayland. Machinery is sprayed down with a hydrogen peroxide solution, and he wears boot covers before entering his buildings. Delivery drivers disinfect tires on their vehicles upon entering and leaving his facility. Jim Slosiarek photos/ The Gazette Wearing boot covers, Tim Graber walks among turkey hatchlings Thursday as he checks food levels and inspects the watering system in one of his buildings in Wayland. As a precaution against the spread of avian flu to his flock, Graber has stepped up biosecurity measures. AGRIBUSINESS HIGHER EDUCATION BALTIMORE ; FARMERS, PAGE 10A Baltimore Sun BALTIMORE — The six Baltimore police officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray — who died after being injured in police custody — have been charged criminally, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Friday. Mosby’s announcement on the steps of the War Memorial Building was greeted with cheers and applause. Mosby said she told Gray’s family that “ no one is above the law and I would pursue justice upon their behalf.” The city was gearing up for another round of demonstrations after the announcement. Baltimore city and Maryland state offices granted workers in the city liberal leave early Friday afternoon. After the charges were announced, Desmond Taylor, 29, shouted in jubilee in front of the War Memorial Building. “ I did not expect this, but I prayed for it,” he said. “ This day means that your actions bring consequences in Baltimore city.” Reacting to news of the charges, 6 officers charged in death of Freddie Gray œ Grants to provide $ 20 million for police body cameras, 5A INSIDE ; BALTIMORE, PAGE 10A Nearly 17 million chickens and turkeys in Iowa face doom from rapidly spreading disease By Rod Boshart, Gazette Des Moines Bureau DES MOINES — With a quarter of Iowa’s laying hens doomed from bird flu, Gov. Terry Branstad declared a state of emergency Friday that activates a coordinated response and increases biosecurity measures to check the infectious disease in the nation’s leading eggproducing state. Iowa now becomes the third state to declare an emergency because of the outbreak, which either has led or will lead to the extermination of some 21 million chickens and turkeys nationwide. Minnesota and Wisconsin declared states of emergency last month. In Iowa alone, roughly 17 million chickens and turkeys face doom since outbreaks were reported last month. “ While the avian influenza outbreak does not pose a risk to humans, we are taking the matter very seriously and believe declaring a state of emergency is the best way to make all resources available,” Branstad said. The governor, who held a midafternoon Statehouse news conference with Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Mark Schouten, said 21 sites spanning 10 northwestern Iowa counties as of Friday had cases of “ presumed positives or confirmed positives” Branstad declares bird flu emergency ; BIRD FLU, PAGE 10A Regents funding model is ‘ out’ this year, according to Coralville rep By Vanessa Miller, The Gazette IOWA CITY — Legislators say they want to freeze in- state undergraduate tuition at Iowa’s public universities for a third straight year, but the House and Senate differ on how to accomplish that — meaning students will have to wait to see just what they’ll pay come fall. The 2015 legislative session was supposed to adjourn Friday. But facing unfinished business, including a higher education spending plan, lawmakers said they could need weeks to wrap it up. Besides the unsettled tuition issue, a hotly debated funding matrix that rewards universities, in part, for having a greater share of in- state enrollment faces an uphill climb to resurface. Lawmakers conflict on tuition freeze ; TUITION, PAGE 10A

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