The Clarion-Ledger, 12/9/8

Suspicious letters containing powdery substances addressed to governors in at least six states, including Mississippi, were intercepted Monday, but no injuries were immediately reported.

The letters were reported in Alabama, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana and Rhode Island. They disrupted state governments in a few of the states, forcing some evacuations and testing for workers who might have been exposed.

Preliminary tests found the powders sent to Alabama, Mississippi, Montana and Rhode Island were not harmful. Results from Michigan were not yet available, and the Missouri letter never made it to state offices.

In Jackson, Miss., Gov. Haley Barbour’s communications director, Buddy Bynum, said a letter arrived Monday with “some sort of powdery substance.” Staffers encountering the substance also were tested.