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Judge blocks contentious Wisconsin union law

Friday, March 18, 2011 | 1:02 p.m. CDT

MADISON, Wis. — A Wisconsin judge issued a temporary restraining order on Friday blocking the state's new and contentious collective bargaining law from taking effect, a measure that drew tens of thousands of protesters to the state Capitol and sent some Democrats fleeing to Illinois in an attempt to block a vote on it.

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