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KANSAS GOVERNOR'S RACE

Brownback's GOP challenger has bankruptcy in past

(Information in the following story is from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Wichita businesswoman who is challenging Gov. Sam Brownback in the Republican primary has filed for bankruptcy protection in the past, while her running mate has done so twice.

Jennifer Winn tells The Wichita Eagle she was going through a divorce and not receiving child support when she filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2004, facing more than $79,000 in debts.

Winn, who owns a landscaping business, says she filed after losing her home and a truck.

Her running mate, Robin Lais, filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy in 1997 and again in 2002.

The single mother says the first bankruptcy was caused by medical bills for her daughter, who has epilepsy. The second came when clients of her advertising business went out of business and she was not paid.

BOEING-WICHITA

Boeing wrapping up work in Wichita

(Information in the following story is from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Boeing recently auctioned off items from its Wichita hangars as the airplane manufacturer prepares to leave Kansas.

At one time Boeing employed as many as 40,000 people in Wichita and for decades was the state's largest private employer. But Boeing Wichita's work has been moved elsewhere and most of its 2,100 Wichita employees have moved with Boeing, have been laid off or have retired.

The Wichita Eagle reports that Boeing Wichita crews built parts for Boeing commercial jets and maintained and modified military aircraft. The company announced in 2012 it was closing its Wichita facilities and held a large auction last week.

A small crew has been tying up loose ends in Wichita, but Boeing says much of that work will be finished by the end of this week.

CITY CLERK-PLEA

Former Kansas city clerk admits stealing from city

(Information in the following story is from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A former northeast Kansas city clerk has pleaded guilty to a federal embezzlement charge on the same day her former employer filed a separate civil suit.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports 61-year-old Alice Riley entered her plea Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Gary Sebelius. The former Auburn clerk admitted embezzling at least $186,000 from the city, where she managed payroll and other accounts.

Riley resigned in February after 31 years in the position amid questions from the City Council and multiple-year audits into the city's finances.

Prosecutors say she issued duplicate payroll checks to herself and deposited other authorized checks into her personal accounts, then tried to cover it up by creating false entries in the city's books and bank statements.

Prosecutors say Riley gambled away most of the money.

TRIPLE HOMICIDE-PLEA

Kansas man pleads guilty in fatal home invasion

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Kansas man has pleaded guilty for his role in a Missouri home invasion robbery during which three people were killed.

The Kansas City Star reports 23-year-old Raul Soto of Kansas City, Kansas, admitted in federal court Tuesday that he and several co-conspirators went to an Independence, Missouri, home in November 2012 to rob a man they believed had a large amount of methamphetamine.

The home's residents denied having any drugs. Three of the occupants - Maria Hernandez, her boyfriend Thomas Dominguez-Gregorio and her son, Antonio Hernandez - where fatally shot.

Soto admitted in his plea that he was armed with a handgun and killed Antonio Hernandez. Under terms of the plea deal, attorneys will recommend a 27-year prison sentence.

Four others already have pleaded guilty in the case.

FATAL SHOOTING

3-year-old boy dead after accidental shooting

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A 3-year-old Wichita boy has died after accidentally shooting himself in the chest with a gun he found while his mom and her boyfriend were taking a nap.

The Wichita Eagle reports the shooting happened around 5 p.m. Tuesday and the boy died at a local hospital an hour later.

Police say three other children, ages 3, 4 and 5, also were in the house but were uninjured. No arrests were made but police questioned the boyfriend for hours after the shooting.

Police spokeswoman Lt. Dennis Wilson says investigators were trying to determine who owned the gun.

The other three children were taken into protective custody.

MURDER PLEA

Kansas man pleads guilty to murder in shooting

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) - A 22-year-old Kansas man is facing life in prison after pleading guilty to premeditated first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of another man in September.

The Kansas City Star reports Christopher Lamont Shelton-Jenkins on Tuesday admitted shooting 21-year-old Brandon Holmes at an Overland Park apartment.

Prosecutors say the Kansas City, Kansas, man was a roommate of Shelton-Jenkins' wife, who found the body after the shooting. Shelton-Jenkins told investigators he wanted to kill Holmes but someone beat him to it.

He later told detectives he had set up the killing but was not the one who pulled the trigger.

A gun matched to bullets at the crime scene was found later hidden on property near the Shelton-Jenkins family home.

He is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 3.

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