News to Know: Whataburger Planning, Lowell Milken Park, and Vancouver wildfires

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

Joplin, MO — Joplin’s planning and zoning commission discusses plans for the future site of a Whataburger restaurant in the city. The commission looked at a site plan review brought forth by Whatabrands. The proposed location is two adjacent properties 2014 S Rangeline and 2019 S Highview Ave. Commissioners approved the review and it now heads to the city council.

Fort Scott, KS — The Lowell Milken Center for Unsung Heroes in Fort Scott, Kansas celebrates its 15th anniversary and the grand opening of the Lowell Milken Park. The center honors around forty unsung heroes — one of which is a dog. 25 teachers — including one from Amsterdam — were a part of the celebration. The open house for the center takes place today from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine has retaken more than 1100 square miles of eastern territory in a massive ongoing counter-offensive. This is more than Russian troops have captured in all of their operations since April. Meanwhile — negotiations continue — over pausing military action in and around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant — amid fears of a catastrophic meltdown.

British Columbia, Canada (AP) — Air quality warnings and evacuation orders were put into effect in Canada’s westernmost province, British Columbia on Monday due to spreading wildfires. There are 193 active wildfires currently burning in the province. Together, the fires have forced about 100,000 people to leave their homes. According to the air quality index, Vancouver had the worst air quality in the world.