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US SENATE-KANSAS

Wolf confronts Roberts at Emporia campaign stop

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) - Tea Party challenger Milton Wolf confronted U.S. Senator Pat Roberts as he campaigned in downtown Emporia.

Their brief meeting Wednesday took place at an intersection as Roberts walked from business to business to talk with merchants. The two are squaring off in Tuesday's Republican primary.

Wolf told Roberts he wanted the senator to keep his promise to debate him. Roberts says he has no plans to debate Wolf.

At their meeting on the street, Roberts told Wolf it was not the time for the discussion and walked away as a small group of journalists and Wolf supporters watched.

A Wolf supporter shouted at Roberts, "If you can't face Milton Wolf, how can you face Barack Obama?"

Roberts spokesman Sean Fitzpatrick called Wolf's move a stunt.

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 (http://bit.ly/Xf3mSA ) 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.

OBAMA-KANSAS CITY PROTESTERS

Protesters mass outside Obama appearance

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - About 300 people stood outside the theater where President Obama spoke in Kansas City, Missouri.

Protesters and supporters mingled Wednesday outside the Uptown Theater, monitored by nearby police.

Protesters carried several signs, some of which read "Arrest Obama," and "Obama, Israel is a democracy? Define democracy."

There were a few arguments among the protesters, whose chants included "liberate Palestine."

Among the protesters was John Brown, a 41-year-old autoworker from Kansas City, Missouri, who said he hasn't had a raise in 13 years and is looking forward to Obama leaving office.

Sharon Donahue, a 52-year-old Kansas City resident, carried an album of magazine photos she keeps of Obama and his family and says she feels Obama "stands up for a lot of good things."

COMMUNITY COLLEGE-PRESIDENT

Kansas college, president part ways

(Information in the following story is from: Fort Scott (Kan.) Tribune, http://www.fstribune.com)

FORT SCOTT, Kan. (AP) - A southeast Kansas college is looking for a new president after parting ways with the incumbent by what officials called mutual agreement.

The Fort Scott Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1kmNqIJ ) Clay Tatro had been the subject of a recent no-confidence vote by faculty of Fort Scott Community College.

Tatro was not present this week when the school's board of trustees approved an agreement to end his presidency, which was scheduled to expire in June 2017. Tatro had served twice previously as the college's president and was seven years into his latest term.

The college's attorney said details of the termination agreement are confidential. The Tribune reports Tatro had a base salary of $104,000.

Trustee Dick Hedges gave up his seat on the board to serve as interim president.

FATAL SHOOTING

3-year-old boy dead after accidental shooting

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

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Wichita police investigating the accidental shooting death of a 3-year-old boy have arrested his mother's boyfriend on suspicion of criminal possession of a firearm.

The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/1lVNmKN ) reports investigators identified the child Wednesday as Jahmez Hunt.

Police said Jahmez apparently shot himself in the chest around 5 p.m. Tuesday after climbing onto a kitchen counter, getting on top of the refrigerator and reaching into a cabinet for a handgun.

The boy's three young siblings were also in the home while the mother and her boyfriend were napping.

The 30-year-old boyfriend was arrested on suspicion of owning the gun despite having two previous criminal convictions. He was being held Wednesday on $5,000 while the investigation continued.

Police say the mother was unaware the gun was in the house.

DEPUTY ARRESTED

Kansas deputy fired after shoplifting arrest

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - A Kansas detention deputy has lost his job after being arrested for shoplifting.

KAKE-TV (http://bit.ly/1rPLmv6 ) reports Wichita police officers were called to a shoplifting report at a Walmart around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter says an off-duty detention deputy was arrested for the crime.

The sheriff says the man had been a detention deputy for less than a year but is no longer employed by the sheriff's office.

The man was issued a notice to appear on the theft charge at a later date.

CARDINALS-INDIANS TRADE

AP source: Indians trade Justin Masterson to Cards

CLEVELAND (AP) - A person familiar with the deal says the Cleveland Indians have traded starter Justin Masterson to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Masterson, who is in the final year of his contract, was dealt for outfielder James Ramsey, said the person who spoke Wednesday to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the teams have not commented.

Ramsey was the Cardinals' first-round pick (No. 23 overall) in 2012. He's been at Double-A Springfield, where he batted .300 with 13 homer and 36 RBIs.

Masterson has been a disappointment for the Indians this season. He began the year as Cleveland's No. 1 starter but has underperformed after turning down a contract extension from the club in spring training.

On Tuesday, Masterson, who is on the disabled list, said he knew his name was in trade rumors.

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