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News Minute: Here is the latest Kansas news from The Associated Press

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - A federal grand jury has convicted two Lawrence men and a California man in a conspiracy that brought $17 million in drugs to Kansas. Twin brothers Los Rovell Dahda and Roosevelt Dahda, both of Lawrence, and Justin Pickel of California were found guilty yesterday of several charges. The men were among 43 people arrested and charged in a seven-year conspiracy that funneled more than 8,000 pounds of marijuana to Lawrence and the Kansas City area.

DENISON, Kan. (AP) - The mayor of a small town north of Topeka has resigned rather than race a voter recall. Denison Mayor Audrey Oliverius submitted a letter of resignation on Monday. Some residents had submitted a recall petition on May 12th, alleging that Oliverius violated the Kansas Open Meetings Act by calling an executive session in March, during which a vote was taken to fill a vacant council seat.

ABILENE, Kan. (AP) - Officials say a fire destroyed a theater housed in a historic Abilene church. No injuries were reported after yesterday's blaze at the Great Plaines Theatre. Dickinson County Emergency Management Director Chancy Smith says the theater was a total loss.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A Topeka official says United Airlines will end flights between the Kansas capital and Chicago on September 2nd. Metropolitan Topeka Airport Authority President Eric Johnson made the announcement yesterday. United reported that Topeka passengers filled 49 percent of the available seats, compared with 86 percent for all of United's flights to Chicago.

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