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Walker to deliver live speech to Wis. residents


MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker says he intends to deliver a live "fireside chat" with Wisconsin residents on Tuesday night.

In the 6 p.m. speech Walker says he will discuss the state's budget challenges, "divisions that have arisen over the past week" and his vision for moving forward.

Tens of thousands of protesters have marched on the Capitol for seven straight days to protest Walker's plans to strip public employees of most collective bargaining rights. Walker says the plan is needed to help balance the state's budget, which faces a $3.6 billion shortfall by mid-2013.

Opponents say his true goal is to bust up the public employee unions that represent about 175,000 workers in state and local government, including school teachers.

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