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Article #1 for my News Reading assignment

Originally posted on CBS Philly:

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — While authorities investigate the causes of the 34-minute Super Bowl blackout, documents show that Superdome officials were worried last fall about losing power at the big game.

Tests on the dome’s electrical feeders showed decay and “a chance of failure,” state officials warned in a memo dated Oct. 15. Also, the utility that supplied the stadium with power expressed concern about the reliability of the service before the NFL championship.

Entergy New Orleans, the company that supplies the stadium with power, and the structure’s engineering staff “had concerns regarding the reliability of the Dome service from Entergy’s connection point to the Dome,” the memo adds.

The memo — prepared for the Louisiana Stadium & Exposition District — says those concerns were due in part to “circumstances that have previously occurred with the electrical service regarding transient spikes and loads.”

The memo also cited 2011 blackouts that…

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