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Former clerk indicted after Iowa Capitol white-powder incident

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DES MOINES (AP) -

A former Iowa legislative clerk has been indicted on suspicion of bringing white powder to the state Capitol in 2012, a move that halted floor debate and forced a building lockdown.

U.S. Attorney Nicholas Klinefeldt says Michael Dekota McRae was indicted on a charge of false information and hoaxes.

He was arraigned Friday and released. Court records show he has pleaded not guilty.

McRae doesn't have a public phone listing, and a message left for his attorney seeking a comment wasn't immediately returned.

McRae is accused of writing a threatening letter and placing it in an envelope that was later opened near the desk of Democratic Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad. The envelope contained white powder.

House debate was halted and the Capitol was closed. Tests determined the powder was harmless.

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