Senate mail service to resume on Monday

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate offices will begin receiving mail again on Monday, days after a Mississippi man was arrested on charges he sent ricin-laced letters addressed to President Barack Obama and a Mississippi senator.

In an email to Senate offices, Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Terrance Gainer says that Senate mail will temporarily be screened at a House mail sorting facility but that all offices will start getting mail again on Monday.

Paul Kevin Curtis of Corinth, Miss. was charged this week with sending threatening letters containing ricin to Obama and Republican Sen. Roger Wicker. Authorities say he sent a third threatening letter to a Mississippi judge, though that letter is still being tested for the presence of ricin. Curtis has denied making the ricin and mailing the letters.

Gainer says the Senate’s mail processing system — in his words — “worked precisely the way it was intended.” Gainer is also emphasizing to Senate staff that they continue to follow protocols for opening mail.

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