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Jesus’ birthplace grapples with modern traffic challenges

By TIA GOLDENBERG (BETHLEHEM, West Bank, AP) — It’s Christmas season and the little town of Bethlehem is jammed with a big-city problem: Traffic snarling streets everywhere, including around the…

Tuskegee Airman receives honorary degree

(COLUMBIA, Mo., AP) — Columbia College has awarded an honorary degree to a former member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen. The Columbia Daily Tribune (http://bit.ly/1ve4Kis) reports that Col. Charles McGee…

Missouri to increase minimum wage on Jan. 1

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., AP) — Missouri’s low-wage workers are getting a small pay hike in 2015. Starting New Year’s Day, the state’s minimum wage will increase by 15 cents to…

New Jersey Christmas tree controlled by tweets

(LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J., AP) — Twitter users anywhere in the world can control the lights on a holiday display in New Jersey. Tweets will turn on a 9-foot Christmas tree, menorah…

Western Missouri Medical Center to open express care

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) — Western Missouri Medical Center will begin providing express care on Monday, Dec. 29, by a team of nurse practitioners and a family physician, according to a news…

UCM will build storage facility for hazardous materials

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – The University of Central Missouri’s board of governors recently approved the construction of a new facility that will be used for temporary storage of hazardous materials. Funding…

Walton makes another major gift, helps to improve Pertle Springs

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – The generosity of Audrey J. Walton continues to benefit University of Central Missouri athletics as a recent gift will enable UCM to make major renovations at Pertle…

City seeks proposals for tree removal project

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – City officials are seeking a contractor to remove 18 hazardous trees. The trees were identified as part of the Warrensburg Tree Board’s citywide public tree inventory. Selected trees…

Lee’s Summit, UCM agree to build shared educational facility

The Lee’s Summit R-7 Board of Education and the University of Central Missouri board of governors recently approved an agreement to build a unique shared facility designed to serve both high…

Missouri school takes cane from blind student, 8

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — A Missouri school district has apologized to the family of a blind student whose cane was replaced with a swimming pool noodle after he allegedly…