This week in news



Alex Hanson

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At least three winners in massive Powerball

After several weeks of a growing Powerball jackpot, at least three winning tickets were sold this week as the grand prize hit $1.6 billion.

Officials said winning tickets, those which matched the numbers on the five white balls and the number on the singular, red powerball, were sold in California, Florida and Tennessee.

In Iowa, Bryon Stewart, a resident of Onawa, won a $2 million prize after buying a ticket at a local Casey’s General Store, KCCI reported.

If you have not yet checked your tickets, the winning numbers for Wednesday’s drawing were: 08, 27, 34, 04, 19 and a Powerball of 10.

City Council bans e-cigs

The Ames City Council voted 6-0 at its Tuesday meeting to ban e-cigarettes in the city.

The ordinance bans e-cigarettes in all public places where cigarette use is already prohibited under the Smokefree Air Act, although an exception is carved out for e-cigarette stores.

Iowa State University banned e-cigarettes on campus earlier this month, including any use inside Department of Residence facilities.

Hillary goes after Sanders at Iowa State

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton visited Iowa State on Tuesday, accepting an endorsement from the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence as well as going after Bernie Sanders’ record on guns.

“There probably isn’t any corporate lobby stronger or more influential in picking politicians to be elected, and intimidating them once they are, than the gun lobby,” Clinton said. “Anybody who cares about real reform in our political system, who cares about making a difference that will — literally in this case — save lives has to stand with us against the gun lobby. That is an absolute must.”

Clinton and her campaign have continued to attack Sanders for his past votes on guns while in the Senate. Sanders has said his position on guns is consistent with the Democratic Party, but also says his state is very rural and pro-gun, which may influence his position.

Clinton also talked about the economy and education while at Iowa State.

“I say this all the time, and I hope you’ll share it with your friends — the Republicans get annoyed with me but that’s nothing new — the economy does better when we have a Democrat in the White House,” Clinton said. “”My goal is to raise income on the middle class, not raise taxes on the middle class.”

Fernstrom leaves basketball team

Sophomore forward Bryanna Fernstrom is no longer a part of the ISU women’s basketball team after asking for a release earlier this week.

“[I’m] definitely surprised,” said coach Bill Fennelly. “Second semester starts today, and we have about eight weeks left in the season. It’s a surprise, but there’s a lot of things that young people do today that don’t surprise me anymore.”

Fernstrom texted Fennelly during the weekend, asking for a meeting Monday. She informed Fennelly about her request to be released during the meeting.

Fernstrom averaged 20.7 minutes this season and 19.0 minutes in Big 12 play.

Fernstrom is joining the Minnesota Gophers, the University of Minnesota announced later in the week.

“We have to keep moving forward,” said Fernstrom’s now former teammate Jadda Buckley. “The Big 12 doesn’t stop.”

Leath says Knoll plowed of snow first on campus, won’t choose Chipotle vs. Pancheros

In an interview with the Iowa State Daily on Monday, President Steven Leath revealed that The Knoll, the university president’s private residence on the south side of campus, is cleared of snow before other buildings and residences on campus.

While the snow clearing may seem like a benefit of being president, Leath said First Lady Janet Leath has one problem: she’s not a morning person, so she does not like when university employees plow the driveway at 6:15 a.m.

When asked about whether he prefers Chipotle or Pancheros, Leath declined to answer, but did say El Azteca on Stange Road is a favorite for Iowa State’s first family.