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Chas Sisk

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Chas joined WPLN in 2015 and became an editor in 2018. Previously, he covered state politics for Nashville Public Radio and The Tennessean, and he’s also reported on communities, politics and business for a variety of publications in Massachusetts, New York and Washington, D.C. Chas grew up in South Carolina and attended Columbia University, where he studied economics and journalism.

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One of the few remaining acts for outgoing Gov. Bill Haslam is to decide about 30 requests for clemency.

The Republican governor says he and staffers have been sorting through the applications, with the aim of consistency.

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Gov. Bill Haslam wraps up eight years in office at the end of this week. His tenure has been marked by some nationally recognized successes — like boosting college enrollment — and one big defeat: the failure of his Medicaid expansion plan, Insure Tennessee.

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The recent wave of dockless scooters on Nashville's streets and sidewalks is hitting one business hard: bike-sharing.

Ridership through the city's B-cycle program is down about 20 percent since scooters came to town.

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Tennesseans are growing more worried about the cost of health care, a new poll from Vanderbilt has found, in a development that could have implications for the state's next leader.

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Nashville's summer Shakespeare festival is moving after three decades in Centennial Park.

The festival's leaders said this week they'll be taking next year's performances to a private venue — the nearby OneCity development — after failing to find a way to fix up the facilities where it's long been staged.

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Nearly two-thirds of Tennessee Republicans approve of the job Sen. Lamar Alexander is doing, according to a new poll released yesterday, in what could be an early step toward a bid for a third term.

Alexander is expected to decide by the end of this year whether to run for re-election again in 2020. Showing that he's popular now could scare off possible challengers and persuade potential donors to get behind him.

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Nearly 60 years ago, two bars on Commerce Street developed a reputation for being discreet places where gay men in Nashville could mingle.

They were just steps from Ryman Auditorium and offices of the Southern Baptist Convention. But despite the well-entrenched taboo against same-sex relationships, bonds were formed there.

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An outside analysis of over 2.5 million traffic stops in Nashville shows they don’t effectively stop crime, leading researchers to suggest that Metro police officers drop the tactic in favor of a new approach that emphasizes engaging community members one-on-one.

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Longtime Williamson County Rep. Charles Sargent has died after suffering from cancer.

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The hotly contested Senate race between Marsha Blackburn and Phil Bredesen will be closely watched Tuesday night — and not just by people in Tennessee.