News to Know (6/16/21)

The news you need to know before you head out the door

GENEVA, Switzerland – President Biden is meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Switzerland today. The summit’s agenda includes election interference, cyber attacks, and Ukraine. The sit down is the final event of President Biden’s eight-day visit to Europe, his first overseas trip since taking office.

JOPLIN, Mo. – A judge sentences a Joplin man to more than 600 years behind bars child sex crimes. 62-year-old Daniel Franklin was convicted in April of three counts of statutory rape, three counts of statutory sodomy, two counts of child molestation, and one count each of enticement of a child and unlawful use of a weapon. In total Franklin is sentenced to 628 years in prison. Judge gives Joplin man 600+ years for child sex crimes

JOPLIN, Mo. – Drivers in Joplin, get ready for some big changes along range line road as MoDot says there’s an overpass they need to replace. The railroad overpass crosses over the Kansas City Southern railroad tracks, which is a part of the problem with the bridge. According to MoDot, it’s two feet too short for double stacked freight trains. The plan is to replace the bridge which could take some time to complete. In addition to the bridge project, they’ll be adding sidewalks to the bridge and connecting them with sidewalks running from Braums to 32nd street.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Child care services are struggling to fill open positions as the industry faces a shortage in caregivers. At Wee Tots Child Care Center, the owner says several people set up interviews for an open position and then wouldn’t show up for their interviews. And at the Learning Tree Preschool and Childcare, they’ve been looking to fill three positions for a few months. That means they can only keep 24 kids when normally they could have more than 70. Child care services struggle to fill positions as worker shortage continues

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