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The Daily Briefing

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Tue Jun 11 2024

 

Will Richmond Managing Editor Communities & R.I.

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Good morning, I'm Will Richmond at The Providence Journal and this is the Daily Briefing. 

No one really looks forward to going to the dentist, especially my kids.

Sure, the toothbrush and "No Cavity Club" sticker they come home with helps a little, but not enough to allay their fears. Especially since they love to chow down on candy whenever they get the chance.

For some kids, a trip to the dentist may not only be unwelcome, but unlikely to happen. Clinics in public schools provide some help, but dentists who provide those services are starting to see a troubling trend: the increase in urgent care need is growing.

Dr. Greg Stepka at his North Smithfield practice.jpg

Dr. Greg Stepka at his North Smithfield practice.

David DelPoio/Providence Journal

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Advertisement eNewspaper   |    Crosswords   |   Horoscopes Read in browser THE DAILY BRIEFING YOUR MORNING NEWS ROUNDUP Tue Jun 11 2024 WILL RICHMOND | MANAGING EDITOR COMMUNITIES & R.I. @Will_Richmond Good morning, I'm Will Richmond at The Providence Journal and this is the Daily Briefing.  No one really looks forward to going to the dentist, especially my kids. Sure, the toothbrush and "No Cavity Club" sticker they come home with helps a little, but not enough to allay their fears. Especially since they love to chow down on candy whenever they get the chance. For some kids, a trip to the dentist may not only be unwelcome, but unlikely to happen. Clinics in public schools provide some help, but dentists who provide those services are starting to see a troubling trend: the increase in urgent care need is growing. Dr. Greg Stepka at his North Smithfield practice.jpg Dr. Greg Stepka at his North Smithfield practice. David DelPoio/Providence Journal The Journal's Jonny Williams recently talked to dentists who provided such services about what they've seen and why the problem has gotten worse. • A Rhode Island woman's mother had a tendency to wander when she was moved to the Hebert Nursing Home and shortly after moving into the facility, the woman was sexually assaulted. What happened next shocked the family. The Journal's Antonia Farzan reports on how the state handled the matter and why the family is continuing to seek answers. • As outside consultants work to determine the effectiveness and potential future of the state's takeover of the Providence school system, former Mayor Jorge Elorza sat down with The Journal's Tom Mooney to offer his thoughts on the effort. In Elorza's mind, there's one key improvement still missing. Though, not everyone agrees. • A casino in Roger Williams Park? Yes, there is one but it might not mean what you think it does. This week's What and Why RI explores how both the Roger Williams and Newport casinos got their name. • With the final week of the legislative session underway could a tax break for Citizens Bank be in the works after appearing dead? Here's the latest from The Journal's Patrick Anderson and Katherine Gregg. More from The Providence Journal  Find the latest obituaries here.  WORTH A READ  💎 Dining out less but wearing more jewelry: How inflation is changing the way shoppers spend 🏫 Grad students have been a cash cow; now universities fret over graduate enrollment ⛹🏼 'Not all about scoring': Jayson Tatum impacts NBA Finals with assists, rebounds, defense RHODY RANKS  Every day we receive emails ranking Rhode Island. While the work behind the ranks may be dubious, they can be fun. Each day I'll share where Rhody Ranks from one of the latest emails.  Backyard Oasis recently conducted a survey of 3,000 families to determine how much quality time they spend together each week. The survey revealed that the average Rhode Island family spends just 6 hours and 14 minutes of quality time together each week (compared to a national average of 6 hours and 17 minutes). TODAY'S WEATHER  🌤️ Clouds and sun with a shower in spots in the afternoon. Highs in the mid-70s. TOP STORIES HERE'S WHERE YOU CAN TRACK THE BIG BILLS AND ISSUES AT THE END OF THE SESSION The Senate chamber in the Rhode Island State House. MEMBERS ONLY The last days of the session can be a flurry of activity. Here's where you can track the bills and issues we've covered. READ MORE Advertisement An aerial view of the Quonset Point Air Museum. RI COMMERCE OKS $5.4M INCENTIVES TO LURE MANUFACTURER TO QUONSET POINT Anduril, which has facilities in Quincy, Massachusetts, plans to hire 133 people for its Rhode Island operation. READ MORE Voting and call buttons in the Rhode Island House chamber. HOW RI LAWMAKERS WANT TO HIKE SOME MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENTS Rather than spread the cost of the increase out over 3 years, the House opted to put the entire $163M cost into the latest budget. READ MORE Jamal Gomes, Hendricken basketball coach HENDRICKEN'S JAMAL GOMES BEAMS WITH PRIDE OVER CELTICS' JOE MAZZULLA "For Brad Stevens, and upper management, to have the faith in him to take over the program, even if it was on an interim basis, what does that say?" READ MORE Acting Rhode Island Corrections Director Wayne T. Salisbury Jr. encourages a coding class at the ACI to make the most out of the program. CORRECTIONS OFFICERS STEP UP FIGHT AGAINST MCKEE'S PICK TO LEAD RIDOC In recent weeks, the Rhode Island Brotherhood of Correctional Officers has unleashed vigorous objections to Wayne Salisbury’s selection as DOC chief. READ MORE Advertisement ELECTIONS /2024 Know Your Vote VOTE WITH CONFIDENCE This 7-day newsletter course will help you be an informed voter before Nov. 5. 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