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    Mass. state senators admonished about keeping food at desk

    Mice nibbling on food left on the desks of state senators ate through speaker wires in the historic chamber, Senate President Therese Murray told her colleagues Thursday afternoon. The chewed wires were discovered over the summer during work to upgrade cameras and the sound system in the chamber for webcasting, according to a spokeswoman for Murray. Chuckles in the chamber when Murray announced the findings died down quickly when Murray admonished senators and suggested that if they plan to keep food in their desks that they store it in sealed containers. “The old microphones were old, but the reason they didn’t work sometimes is because you keep food in your desks and the mice chewed through them,” she said.