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Wis. judge tosses cops' collective bargaining suitSubmitted: 10/24/2013
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - A Dane County judge has dismissed a law enforcement union lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's 2011 collective bargaining law.

Circuit Judge John Markson ruled Wednesday that the law does not violate union members' rights to free speech and association.

The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association had brought the challenge.

In his 46-page ruling, Markson wrote that the law does not take anything away from workers to which they are constitutionally entitled, and that the state may put limits on the right to collective bargaining.

An attorney for the police union tells the Wisconsin State Journal she had not seen the decision.

The police union argued the law fractured the union into unequal parts.

Gov. Scott Walker's legislation, known as Act 10, effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers.

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Heavy machines started demolishing the historic but run-down Indian Bowl building.

Soon, the site will become part of a new Living Arts and Cultural Center. But for many years, the Indian Bowl served as an economic and cultural center of the community.

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RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander District Library will welcome a new director at the end of October.

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The board interviewed three other candidates.

Roberts has a master's degree in both library science and art.

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