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State Capitol open with restrictions

MADISON (AP) -- State officials have relaxed access restrictions at the Wisconsin Capitol following a judge's order, but the building isn't wide open.

The state Department of Administration had opened two entrances on Friday morning. Police were searching everyone who enters, and protesters will be limited to the ground floor. Only a handful of protesters were on the floor. Protesters had been squatting in the Capitol for more than two weeks straight to complain about Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining bill. On Monday state officials imposed tougher access rules, generally allowing protesters in only when an equal number left.

A Dane County judge issued an order late Thursday night that blocks sleeping in the Capitol but found the restrictions unconstitutional. The order requires broader access by Monday.@

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