Suspicious package sent to Alaska senator, US rep.
Monday, August 15, 2011
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Suspicious packages were received through the mail Monday by Alaska's three-member congressional delegation and at least two contained a white powder.
The packages were received in the Fairbanks offices of Sens. Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski and the Anchorage office of Rep. Don Young. Begich is a Democrat. Murkowski and Young are Republicans.
Young's office late Monday afternoon issued a statement saying the FBI informed his staff that the powder is a mixture of concrete and not hazardous. Calls to the Anchorage Fire Department and the FBI were not immediately returned. The Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., could not immediately confirm.
The incidents were first reported by the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.
Associated Press writer Mark Thiessen contributed to this story.