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A NATIONAL TEST OF THE COUNTRY’S EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM IS SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY. (two stories, same lead).

IT WILL BE A TEST…ONLY A TEST WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON SAYS ILLINOIS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY SPOKESPERSON PATTI THOMPSON.

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THIS IS THE FIRST NATIONWIDE TEST OF THE EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM. THE IDEA IS THAT IT COULD BE USED FOR THE PRESIDENT TO ADDRESS THE AMERICAN PUBLIC IF THERE WERE AN EXTREME…NATIONAL EMERGENCY.

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