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Idaho Capitol evacuated after white powder found

November 9, 2011

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The governor's office says the Idaho Capitol was evacuated after a suspicious letter or package was found containing a white powder.

A spokesman for Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter confirmed Tuesday the state Capitol was cleared at about 11 a.m. while authorities investigated. Otter spokesman Jon Hanian says the governor was in the building at the time and evacuated along with other state employees.

Hanian says Otter has since left the grounds and is attending a meeting elsewhere.

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador had been holding a jobs forum Tuesday in the Idaho Capitol that started at 9 a.m.

Labrador's communications director, Ellen Carmichael, issued a statement at about 12:30 p.m. saying that "due to unforeseen circumstances" the event had been moved to another building and the agenda would continue as scheduled.

 

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