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Judge denies request to block Wis. anti-union law


 MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A judge has denied an emergency request to block a law that takes away nearly all collective bargaining rights from the vast majority of Wisconsin's public workers.


Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed the legislation Friday morning, but it doesn't take effect until the day after an official secretary of state notice is published in the Madison newspaper.

Democratic Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk has filed a lawsuit seeking to stop the publication. She argues the state Senate unconstitutionally passed the bill Wednesday.

Dane County Circuit Judge Amy Smith declined to issue an emergency order blocking the law, saying Falk's attorneys didn't prove how publishing it would inflict irreparable harm on anyone. The judge scheduled a full hearing in the case for Wednesday.

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