This week in news



Alex Hanson

Here’s a recap of the week’s biggest stories. Read the quick recap below, then test your knowledge with our online quiz here.

University of Missouri system president resigns

Amid protests from African-American students on campus and threats of a walkout and more boycotts, University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe resigned Monday after some say he did not do enough to combat racism at the school.

“My motivation in making this decision comes from a love of Columbia, where I grew up, and the state of Missouri,” Wolfe said. “I thought and prayed over this decision. It is the right thing to do. The frustration and anger I see is real, and I don’t doubt it for a second.”

Students gathered on campus to protest, and faculty threatened a walkout. Members of the Missouri football team protested by not practicing and threatening not to play in this weekend’s game. After Wofle’s announcement, the team returned to practice.

The protests come after students said the campus was filled with racism, including racist remarks being hurled at the student government president.

R. Bowen Loftin, chancellor of the flagship Missouri campus, also announced his resignation, although it will not be effective until the end of the school year.

Carson under scrutiny

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson continued to push back against scrutiny regarding his personal biography.

A report from Politico said Carson made up an entire story about being offered a full scholarship to West Point as a teenager. Carson pushed back, saying a general told him he could attend the school although West Point students do not pay tuition.

Carson also said his campaign may release the name of a fellow student Carson said he stabbed while in high school. A CNN report said the organization could not track down anyone who recalled the incident.

Carson went after members of the press at a fiery press conference Nov. 6 for what he called unfair scrutiny. Carson went unscathed at Tuesday’s debate, as FOX Business declined to ask any questions.

Rare November weather hits Iowa

Several tornadoes were reported across Iowa as a fast moving but powerful low-pressure system hammered the Midwest.

Ames was under a tornado watch for most of Wednesday afternoon, although no tornadoes touched down. Wind gusts up to 60 mph did cause some tree damage in the city.

Around Iowa, the National Weather Service confirmed at least one tornado touched down about two miles west of Avoca, classifying it as an EF-1. At least nine more were reported to officials.

Bad week for online sports gambling

After it was revealed online sports gambling insiders were making large sums of money because of the inside information they had access to, the New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman ordered DraftKings and FanDuel to stop accepting bets in the state.

Schneiderman said the websites’ offerings were illegal under a state law concerning gambling in the state.

“Today we have sent a clear message: not in New York and not on my watch,” Schneiderman said.

New cupcake store opens in Ames

Those saddened by the closing of the Cupcake Emporium are in luck as Ali Cakes, which specializes in wedding cakes but also offers celebration cakes, cupcakes, bars and cookies, opened Thursday.

“The Cupcake Emporium was really a destination location, and I feel Ali Cakes will be too,” said Cindy Hicks, executive director of the Main Street Cultural District.