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Governor Douglas receives suspicious envelope

MONTPELIER - Over the past week, there have been 24 suspicious letters containing white powder that have all tested negative for anthrax that have been sent across the United States to various government officials.

On Dec. 12,state employees at the Vermont State Mail Screening Center became concerned when they screened a letter that was addressed to Gov. Jim Douglas as it was similar in appearance to that of the other 24 suspicious letters that are currently being investigated by the FBI. The state employees followed suspicious package protocol by isolating the letter and immediately called authorities.

Authorities responded and the letter was contained and handed over to the FBI for analysis as part of their continued investigation.

The Vermont State Police and the FBI feel that the proper safety measures were taken, and as a result of the state employees following protocol, there was no exposure to any type of harmful substance.

As a result of this ongoing federal investigation, the Vermont State Police will have no further information to release. An updated news release will be issued when additional information becomes available.

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