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Hundreds stay overnight, more Wis. protests coming


MADISON (AP) -- Hundreds of people slept overnight in the Wisconsin state Capitol and more protests are planned Wednesday in opposition to Gov. Scott Walker's plan to take away collective bargaining rights from public workers.

The Madison school district was forced to close after more than 40 percent of its 2,600 union-covered employees called in sick. Many of them along with thousands of others were expected to converge on the Capitol for a second day of protests. On Tuesday, an estimated 13,000 people showed up.

Hundreds of them spoke during a 17-hour public hearing that ended at 3 a.m. The committee was expected to start voting on Walker's proposal Wednesday afternoon with the full Legislature taking it up as soon as Thursday.

Walker is not backing down from his plan.

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