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Capitol evacuated, jobs forum moved

The Idaho state Capitol was evacuated today after a white powder was discovered in an envelope, though it was later found to be “benign.” The 11 a.m. evacuation disrupted Congressman Raul Labrador's jobs forum, but it was moved to another location, the conference room of the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, 816 West Bannock, 5th Floor, and is continuing there, reports Labrador spokeswoman Ellen Carmichael. The white powder later was discovered to be aspirin.

The Associated Press reports that the Capitol was cleared. KTVB-TV reports a spokesperson for the Idaho Department of Administration confirmed there was also a bomb threat Wednesday at the Idaho Statehouse. The Idaho Statesman reports police dogs found no evidence of an explosive device as of 2 p.m.


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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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