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Headlines for Saturday, March 14, 2015

Supreme Court Overturns Sentence in Wyandotte Murder

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The state's highest court has upheld the premeditated first-degree murder conviction of a man who shot his uncle 10 times and left him to die in a burning house. But the Kansas Supreme Court also overturned the enhanced sentence of 50 years without the possibility of parole handed down by the trial judge to Mark Salary. He was convicted for the 2008 murder of Valray "Joe" Estell at his home in Kansas City, Kansas. It sent the case back to Wyandotte County District Court for resentencing. It is the latest in a string of Kansas cases sent back for resentencing since a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court opinion. That decision requires that a jury finds beyond a reasonable doubt that aggravating circumstances exist to merit the enhanced minimum sentence.

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Friends University Names New President

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Friends University has named Amy Bragg Carey as its 14th president and the first woman in its history to hold that post in a permanent capacity. The Wichita Eagle reported yesterday (FRI) that Carey comes to the Friends University from the University of Northwestern in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she had been the vice president for institutional advancement.Her first day as president at Friends University will be July 1st. Friends University was founded in 1898 and now has an enrollment of about 2,000 students.

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