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Threats tighten Capitol security


MADISON (WKOW) -- Authorities said threats made against Republican state senators and possibly others led to tighter capitol security Thursday, on a day when thousands protested the passage of collective bargaining limits and demanded more access to the building.


Authorities told WKOW27 News one e-mailed threat to Republican Senators was associated with the web address


"Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your families killed due to your actions," the email's author wrote.


The e-mail also referenced the author possessing bombs.


State capitol police chief Charles Tubbs said investigators considered certain received threats credible.


"(Based on) Information gathered;  the quality of the information."


A spokesperson for Sen. Dan Kapanke (R-La Crosse) said Kapanke received an e-mail with threatening language.


The republican senators Wednesday voted 18-1 to approve Governor Walker's stripping of most collective bargaining rights from public employees.


State justice department spokesperson Bill Cosh said the threats were under investigation.


Security was also extraordinarily tight at the justice department's building two blocks from the state capitol, with agents of the state's division of criminal investigation guarding the access point of the building's underground parking garage.



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