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Minnesota union urges Walker to approve train


MADISON (AP) -- A Minnesota labor union is urging Wisconsin's Republican Gov.-elect Scott Walker to change his mind and allow a high-speed train to be built between Milwaukee and Madison.

The Minnesota AFL-CIO sent Walker a letter on Thursday saying the project will put thousands of people to work in the region and spur economic development.

The Milwaukee to Madison line is envisioned to eventually extend west and north to the Twin Cities. It is to be paid for with federal stimulus money, but Walker has vowed to stop it because he says it's a waste of money that instead should go to repairing roads.

Union groups in Wisconsin, along with the mayors of Madison and Milwaukee, business and community leaders, have all been urging Walker to change his mind to no avail.

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