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Police remove Capitol metal detectors


MADISON (AP) -- Authorities have removed metal detectors from the state Capitol's entrances.

Capitol Police set up the detectors at three Capitol entrances and closed all the other ground floor doors after thousands of protesters descended on the building in February to demonstrate against Gov. Scott Walker's plan to strip almost all public workers of their collective bargaining rights.

The large-scale protests ended in March, but the restrictions have remained in place. Last week the state Department of Administration officials announced they would discontinue weapons screening and open all eight ground-floor entrances on June 27.

The metal detectors were in place Tuesday but were gone on Wednesday morning. Police allowed tourists and visitors to enter the building unimpeded.

A DOA spokeswoman didn't immediately return messages.

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