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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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The head of Spring Hill's UAW chapter says he's confident the tentative agreement announced Wednesday morning with General Motors will resolve the monthlong strike.

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Tenn. Sen. Marsha Blackburn says the U.S. military needs to remain in Syria to protect Kurds from an onslaught by Turkish forces.

In a call with reporters yesterday, the Republican lawmaker noted that Trump has promised $50 million in humanitarian relief for Kurds. But Blackburn said that's not enough.

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Nashville Congressman Jim Cooper is joining calls to begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

The Democratic lawmaker issued a statement Tuesday saying that "the president's continuing misconduct" threatens the Constitution and the laws of the land. The reversal comes amid mounting pressure on Trump — centered on a recent conversation with Ukraine's leader.

Cooper's statement came hours before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced she too now favors an impeachment inquiry.

Tennessee Department of Transportation

State officials are anticipating traffic snarls on highways and side streets this weekend as a major interchange on the south side of Nashville shuts down for bridge work.

Both I-440 and I-65 will be closed where they meet up in Berry Hill. The shutdown will run from Friday at 9 p.m. to Monday at 5 a.m.

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Nashville Mayor-elect John Cooper plans to announce the members of his transition team early this week, as he begins the city's unprecedented transition to a new administration.

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A record number of women were victorious in the runoff for at-large Metro Council.

Three of the four slots on the ballot went to female candidates: incumbent Sharon Hurt, Burkley Allen and Zulfat Suara, who will be the first Muslim to serve on the council.


Nashville's mayors have risen in prominence over recent years, not only because of the city’s skyrocketing growth but through outspoken political stances. By pushing LGBT initiatives, decriminalizing marijuana or curbing cooperation with immigration authorities, the city's leaders have run counter to the state’s Republican supermajority.

Whether that conflict continues has been a central issue in the runoff between Nashville's incumbent Mayor David Briley and Councilman John Cooper.

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The runoff for Nashville mayor kicked into higher gear over the weekend, as incumbent David Briley and Metro Councilman John Cooper went head-to-head for the first time.

At a far-ranging debate organized by the faith group Nashville Organized for Action and Hope, or NOAH, the two battled over the direction of the city — and which candidate had shown a commitment to addressing its problems.

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An East Tennessee man has been executed for the 1986 murder of a teenage girl and her mother.

Thursday night, Stephen West became the third person in the state to be put to death in the electric chair in less than a year. The electrocutions have come amid questions about whether the alternative, lethal injection, causes intense pain.

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An East Tennessee man sentenced to death has opted for electrocution over lethal injection.

Stephen West is scheduled to be executed on Thursday. He would be the third person put to death in Tennessee's electric chair in the past year.