News from the home cities (and sometimes states) of the Big Ten universities:
WISCONSIN: Minors barred from drinking in bars with parents
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — No one under 18 could drink in a bar even with their parents' consent under a bill that has passed the Wisconsin Assembly.
Under current law, children of any age can drink in a bar if they're with their parents and the adult gives consent and the bartender is willing to serve them.
But that would change under the bill passed the Assembly on a bipartisan 56-41 vote Thursday.
That proposal would set the minimum age someone could drink in a bar with consent at 18. The current legal drinking age is 21.
The measure must clear the Senate before going to Gov. Jim Doyle.
The Tavern League of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Medical Society are among the supporters but a national youth rights group opposes it saying whether children drink in bars is a family matter.
WISCONSIN: UW-Madison students reject rec fee
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin-Madison students have voted down a proposal to raise their fees by $108 per year to pay for a new fitness center.
The Associated Students of Madison says nearly 14,000 students voted on the Natatorium project, about a third of the student population.
The $60 million renovation would have nearly doubled the space of "the Nat", one of three main gyms on campus, adding an indoor turf field, cardio and weight-training rooms and more.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports students voted Monday through Wednesday, rejecting the proposal 8,616 to 5,311. It would have raised student fees by $54.19 per semester for 30 years starting in 2013.
INDIANA: IU reviewing how dead student's absence not noted
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana University officials are looking into how a student might have been dead in his residence hall room for a week or more without anyone reporting him missing.
Campus police say 21-year-old Gregory Willoughby of Indianapolis died in an apparent suicide by inhaling toxic gas from a mixture of household chemicals. He was found Tuesday in a closet of his room at Willkie Residence Center.
An autopsy estimated that Willoughby died five days earlier, but school officials say odor complaints around his room started April 4.
University spokesman Larry MacIntyre says it will review a "possible breakdown" in checking on a student who had missed class for several days.
Willoughby graduated from Warren Central High school and was a biochemistry major at IU in the prestigious Wells Scholars program.
OHIO: Gun owners want concealed weapons in bars
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gun owners want Ohio's concealed handgun law to allow weapons to be taken into bars, restaurants and other businesses serving alcohol.
The current law prohibits concealed handguns in those establishments.
Dayton area resident Barbara Holt has told an Ohio Senate panel that she needed her gun when a man with a knife threatened to "cut her up" outside a restaurant that serves beer. She fought off the attacker with a pizza box.
Others testifying at a hearing Wednesday complained that weapons can be stolen when owners have to leave them in their vehicles at bars and restaurants.
A Senate bill would allow concealed handguns in those businesses, but people carrying them would not be allowed to drink. Police groups oppose the measure.