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WASHINGTON — 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, a Mississippi senator and a judge.

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.

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Paul Kevin Curtis of Corinth, Miss. was charged this week with sending threatening letters containing ricin to Obama, Republican Sen. Roger Wicker and a Mississippi judge.

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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