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John Hill

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John Hill has been a Providence Journal reporter since 1989 and has worked in the South County, Johnston and Blackstone Valley bureaus. He now is a member of the Justice team, covering the state’s prison system.
Before joining The Journal, he worked for the Manchester (Conn.) Journal-Inquirer and in the business news department of the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel.

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The latest Truth-O-Meter items from John Hill

In Rhode Island, "Nearly 9 percent of covered employees go out on short term disability every year, with an average outage from work of almost 12 weeks each."

After hiring a campaign manager in 2006, "I got this $100 and something fee ... for hazardous materials."  

In the U.S., "African-Americans continue to be arrested at nearly three and one half times the rate of whites" on marijuana charges.

Under a bill before the legislature, "you’d have to go to court to fire an employee."

Seventy-five percent of the young adults in this country are not mentally or physically fit to serve.

Rhode Island is "almost dead last" among Northeastern states in the length of time first-degree murderers must spend in prison before they’re eligible for parole.

Of minimum wage workers in Rhode Island "only 14 percent serve as sole income earner for their family."  

"Since I took office in January 2011, we have created 11,100 Rhode Island-based jobs."

"We’ve had the private sector more than double the investment that was made by the public sector" at Quonset Business Park.

The General Assembly "has no explicit constitutional authority to impose income, sales, estate and the myriad of other taxes upon us."

Recent stories from John Hill
Red State debate top PolitiFact Rhode Island item in March

What piqued the interest of PolitiFact Rhode Island readers last month? According to our website data, they were interested in whether the poorest states are Red states, if today's young adults are fit for military service, and the degree to which cancer-causing chemicals are present in marijuana smoke.

Fact-checking U.S. Sen. Whitehouse's claims on climate change

U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, one of more than two dozen senators who took part in an all-night talkathon this week on the Senate floor to warn about the dangers of climate change, was on familiar territory.

Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat, has now made 60 Senate speeches on climate change, returning to the floor each week the Senate is in session.

He comes armed with facts and figures, and staff-produced charts and posters, to back up his warnings of drastic environmental and social consequences if serious actions aren’t taken to address global warming.

Whitehouse and the other senators took turns from late Monday through Tuesday morning to call attention to an issue he says has largely been ignored.

PolitiFact Rhode Island has fact-checked many of Whitehouse’s claims about climate change; overall, he has fared well with the Truth-O-Meter. Here's a sample:

Clay Pell's full-time residency in R.I. tough to measure

Has Clay Pell, one of the Democrats running for Rhode Island governor, lived a full calendar year in Rhode Island?

Pell, the grandson of the late U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell, was asked that question twice during a television interview. He never answered with a simple yes or no, leading some to question how strong his ties really are to the Ocean State.

Because Pell’s Rhode Island residency has become an issue in his first-ever run for political office, we took a closer look at his record. Here's what we found:

Truth be told, PolitiFact Rhode Island turns 3!

There's a match being lit, but it's not being used to set someone's pants on fire.

It's to light three birthday candles.

PolitiFact Rhode Island is now three years old.

We think it's a cause for celebration and, from what our readers have told us, they have reason to celebrate as well.

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