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High-speed rail advocates hold rallies across state

MILWAUKEE (AP) — High speed rail advocates held rallies in Wisconsin to show their support even though the project appears dead.

About 200 people attended a rally Saturday at Milwaukee’s Amtrak-Greyhound station and more than 50 people gathered at Rainbow Park in Oshkosh.

Gov.-elect Scott Walker has said he won’t allow the project paid for with federal stimulus money to move forward. But backers who say the train will bring jobs and economic development to the state aren’t backing down.

They’ve already collected 7,000 signatures in support of the train and enlisted business and community leaders to speak up.

Rallies were also planned in Madison, La Crosse and Eau Claire on Saturday. Another event is also planned for Tuesday at the Talgo train-making facility in Milwaukee.

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