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June 7, 2013Amers, IA |  By: Coffey/Morris

Ricin Scare at Iowa State Student Paper

State and Federal authorities were called to the offices of the Iowa State Daily Newspaper in Ames late yesterday afternoon when a suspicious substance was found in a mailing that included an audio CD.

Former Northwest Missouri State mass communications instructor and now Iowa State Daily General Manager Laura Widmer says her students noticed something strange in mailing they received.

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Widmer says they immediately called authorities who she says investigated the mailing as a real threat.

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The mailing came from Robert Alberg from Shoreline, Washington. According to the Seattle Times, Albert has a history of producing ricin. According to the Iowa State Daily account, a chief U.S. Postal Inspector says the FBI had spoken to Alberg about his mass mailing last week.