Suspicious letter at Tenn. Capitol harmless

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Preliminary tests of a suspicious powder sent to Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen in a letter were negative for harmful substances.

The letter addressed to the governor was spotted in the Capitol mailroom Thursday and a hazardous materials team from the Metro Nashville Fire Department was called to remove the envelope from the building.

The letter carried the same return address in Texas as similar letters received by other governors around the country this week.

Tennessee epidemiologist Tim F. Jones said Friday in released statement that the powder sent to Bredesen "appears to be harmless."

Jones didn't name the substance, but officials in some of the other states that received the powder say it was flour, corn starch or some other harmless food substance.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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