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Third powder-filled package sent to Rocky Mount school

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (AP) -- School officials in Nash County can only open mail after students go home for the day because of three powder-filled packages recently sent to area schools. A principal at Pope Elementary School opened a letter containing a white powder on Wednesday, becoming the third Rocky Mount school to receive such a package in the past 10 days. Initial tests on all three powders found that they were nontoxic. Authorities said they are investigating possible links between the packages. Officials said school staff around the district now must open all mail in an isolated place after students leave for the day. Powder-filled packages have been associated with anthrax since 2001. Five people died from the substance when anthrax-laced letters were mailed to lawmakers and news media just weeks after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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