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Fundraiser for exonerated Missouri man tops $1.5m

Kevin Strickland was freed on Tuesday at the age of 62. He had maintained his innocence since his arrest at 18.

It was the longest wrongful incarceration in state history, but under Missouri law he is not entitled to receive any financial compensation.

So his lawyers launched a GoFundMe page to help with his living expenses.

As of Sunday 16:00 GMT, it had reached $1,511,440.

Lawyers for the Midwest Innocence Project, who worked for months to help free Mr Strickland, praised the more than 27,000 strangers who had donated.

22 artists to raise funds for quake victims

Apart from musicians from Hela and Southern Highlands, B-Rad was one to show interest.

Since the appeal by Elizabeth Tandoa and Augustine Emil, more artists, including Rex Band, dAdiigii and Siassi Heritage, have approached to participate.

The group of artists will host a concert this Saturday, March 10, from which all proceeds will go to the immediate assistance of the affected communities.

The gate fee is K5 for a child and K10 for an adult.

A venue is yet to be locked in, but Tandoa said they are working with NCD Governor Powes Parkop to secure this.

Williams sisters to take on Savea brothers in Kaikoura earthquake fundraiser at ASB Classic

ASB Classic director Karl Budge today revealed to 1 NEWS that the Williams sisters will make a special appearance before next month's tournament where they will take on All Blacks Julian and Ardie Savea in an exhibition doubles match on centre court.

Entry to the event at the ASB Tennis Centre will be $30 with all proceeds going towards the rebuilding of earthquake-damaged Kaikoura.

"It's not a bad little sibling match-up," Budge said. "I'm not sure what the girls' rugby skills are like or the boys' tennis skills.