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Labor activists begin third day of protests


MADISON (AP) -- Labor supporters have returned to the Wisconsin Capitol for a third day of widespread protests against a proposal to end most collective bargaining for the majority of state employees.

Most of the demonstrators Thursday gathered in front of the Senate chambers where lawmakers will take up Republican Gov. Scott Walker's bill to end collective bargaining, except on issues of salary, for most public employees. Walker has said the bill will help close Wisconsin's $137 million shortfall in the state's current budget and a projected $3.6 billion deficit in the next two-year budget.

Many protesters spent the night in sleeping bags at the Capitol after the Legislature's budget committee worked late, passed the bill and forwarded it to the Senate.

Wednesday's protest drew an estimated 10,000 people to the Capitol.

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