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Wis. Capitol security high despite end of protests


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Security at the Wisconsin Capitol is still tight weeks after most pro-union protesters left the building.

Metal detectors and law enforcement line the hallways near two entrances. Six other ground level entrances have been closed for weeks. Protests have been limited to the rotunda's ground floor.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Administration says security is constantly evaluated, but gave no indication when the added security might be lifted.

A lawsuit is pending against the agency for not returning the Capitol to the way it was in January, before thousands of protesters descended on the Capitol in opposition to Gov. Scott Walker's bill stripping most public workers of collective bargaining rights. A Dane County judge will hear arguments at the end of May.

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