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Scanning snapshot. The Postal Service’s national scanning rating was 97.72 percent during the week ending July 14, down from one week earlier.

Dakotas (99.17 percent) topped the districts, while Western (98.09 percent) led the areas.

To see the latest results, go to the Enterprise Analytics site and select “Scanning” on the left hand side, and then “DES 2 — Scan Performance” from the drop-down options.

Postal prepared. The Postal Service’s role during Cold War-era disaster preparations was the subject of a recent NPR discussion.

Because USPS knows where people live, during the Cold War, “[it] was the agency that would’ve been in charge of registering the dead and figuring out who was still alive,” author Garrett Graff told “Fresh Air.”

His new book, “Raven Rock,” reports Post Offices kept forms “you would’ve filled out with your name and family members [in the event of a catastrophe].”

The 38-minute discussion can be streamed on the “Fresh Air” site.

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