This week in news

Voting booths stand empty Tuesday in Maple resident hall for voting for Ames City Council. There was a minimal student voter turn out.

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.

Ames votes in city election

Voters in Ames went with Bronwyn Beatty-Hansen for the city’s at-large seat and re-elected Chris Nelson to the city’s Ward 4 seat.

According to preliminary results from the Story County auditor’s office, Beatty-Hansen won the at-large race with 53 percent of the vote over Matt Converse, who received 47 percent.

Beatty-Hansen will replace outgoing at-large councilman Matthew Goodman, who will retire at the end of his current term.

4th Ward incumbent Chris Nelson was re-elected with 59 percent of the vote over challenger Dan DeGeest, who received 41 percent.

2nd Ward councilman Tim Gartin was unopposed in his re-election.

Voter turnout was 13.11 percent across all of Story County. The two on-campus voting locations had the lowest turnout, with only 0.54 percent of registered voters turning out at Maple Hall and 1.61 percent of registered voters casting a ballot at the Union Drive Community Center location.

Bomb may have brought down Russian jet

A bomb may have brought down a Russian passenger jet that crashed Saturday, possibly by the Islamic State or an affiliate of the terror group, CNN and NBC News reported Wednesday.

Metrojet Flight 9268 crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula after breaking apart midflight. All 224 people on board were killed in the crash.

The United States is not leading the investigation, and overseas investigators have yet to confirm the U.S. officials’ claim that a bomb brought down the plane. Satellite images from several countries reportedly show a heat flash midair, which would be consistent with a bomb detonating on board.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack Saturday afternoon, but it  has not released any direct proof of its connection.

New polls show Clinton regaining ground; Carson, Trump still lead

A slew of new polls released this week show a fluid 2016 race for president.

On the Republican side, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll showed Ben Carson with support from 29 percent of likely voters, while businessman Donald Trump was in second with 23 percent. A FOX News poll released Wednesday showed Trump at 24 percent and Carson at 23 percent.

Marco Rubio comes in third in the NBC/WSJ poll with 11 percent, just one point ahead of Ted Cruz. In the FOX poll, Rubio and Cruz are tied at 11 percent.

Jeb Bush has struggled in polling recently, and the FOX poll showed him with support from just 4 percent of voters.

On the Democratic side, the WSJ/NBC poll showed Clinton with support from 62 percent of likely voters, up 13 points from a NBC/WSJ poll in October. Bernie Sanders had support from 31 percent of voters.

The FOX poll showed Clinton at 56 percent and Sanders at 31 percent.

Martin O’Malley, the other Democrat in the race, had 3 percent in the NBC/WSJ poll, and just 2 percent in the FOX poll.

NBC/WSJ also polled hypothetical general election matchups, which showed Clinton beating Rubio by 3 percent and Bush by 4 percent. Sanders is beating Trump by 9 percent and Rubio by 5 percent in polling.

Iowa State shuts out Texas

After only racking up two wins throughout the entire season, the Cyclones won in impressive fashion Saturday by shutting out the Texas Longhorns at Jack Trice Stadium, 24-0.

“We shouldn’t beat Texas, probably,” said ISU coach Paul Rhoads after the game. “Every kid that they recruit, if I go recruit them I’m not going to get them. I’m not going to get them, OK? But we did [beat them], and we have twice, because the program is moving in the right direction. I’ve got great coaches, and I’ve got unbelievable players that care and play for passion in the cardinal and gold jerseys that they wear.”

Iowa State’s win was the Longhorns’ first shutout loss to an unranked opponent since 1961.

MacKay Hall sign missing

The ISU Police Department is asking for help to find a stolen sign from MacKay Hall on the ISU campus: