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Audio: Gabrielle Giffords addresses constituents

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Click the link at left for an audio message from Gabrielle Giffords to her constituents.

For the first time since her near-fatal shooting on Jan. 8, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords speaks directly to her constituents in a minute-long recording released exclusively to the Star late Monday.

"I miss you. I miss Tucson, the mountains, blue skies, even the heat," she says in a slow but clear voice. "I'm getting stronger. I'm getting better."

Here is the entire text of Giffords' recorded message to the people of Southern Arizona:

Hello, this is Gabby Giffords.

I miss you. I miss Tucson, the mountains, blue skies, even the heat.

I'm getting stronger. I'm getting better.

It has been a hard year - for all of us. Thinking about that day makes me sad. Six people died. Six innocent people. So many people hurt.

There is lot to say. I will speak better.

I want to get back to work. Representing Arizona is my honor.

My staff is there to help you. They keep me informed on your behalf.

I miss you, I miss home. I will see you real soon.

Thank you.

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