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Report: Wis. protests could've been handled better

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A new report reviewing the state's response to the Capitol protests says state officials had no idea the protests would be so big and prolonged and did not prepare adequately.

The Department of Administration released the report Friday by the Wisconsin Emergency Management. The protests over Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill started Feb. 14 and continued into March inside and outside the Capitol.

The report notes there was no clear decision maker, with direction coming from the governor's office and the Department of Administration.

It also notes agencies were not allowed to coordinate plans as the protests unfolded, which diminished a coordinated response early on.

The report says planning between agencies was not finished until after the protests started.

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