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Chas Sisk

Senior Editor

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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A series of dinners starting Thursday in North Nashville and running through Saturday is taking aim at gentrification.

On the menu — hot chicken — and it won't come cheap: Diners are being asked to pledge $100 a piece.

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Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Davidson County voters are now set to decide this fall whether to create an independent board overseeing Metro Nashville Police, after the county election commission voted unanimously Wednesday to approve the referendum.

Julieta Martinelli / WPLN

Immigration has been a big issue in many political races this year. Conservative candidates have frequently promised a border wall and to crack down on undocumented immigrants.

Now the other side of the debate is trying to gin up as much enthusiasm for candidates who back their priorities. 

Julieta Martinelli / WPLN

Billy Ray Irick was pronounced dead Thursday night, 20 minutes after receiving a three-drug cocktail. Witnesses say there were no obvious signs that Irick suffered pain before dying.

Irick's execution was the state of Tennessee's first in nearly a decade.

Tennessee Dept. of Correction

This story has been updated.

Tennessee has executed its first death row inmate in nearly a decade, the state Department of Correction announced this evening, after the U.S. Supreme Court decided Thursday not to intervene in the case of 59-year-old Billy Ray Irick.

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Williamson County businessman Bill Lee has never held political office. But he says running the home services company that bears his name is preparation enough to lead Tennessee's executive branch.

And after winning the Republican nomination for governor, Lee is just one step away from putting that theory to the test.

WARNING: This post contains graphic video.

The Davidson County district attorney released footage of the fatal shooting of Daniel Hambrick by Nashville Police Officer Andrew Delke.

The video was taken by cameras on July 26, 2018, in the John Henry Hale apartment complex and the nearby Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School.

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Davidson County District Attorney's Office

Nashville authorities released new surveillance video footage Wednesday that shows a fatal shooting by a city police officer on July 26.

The lawyer representing the victim's family, after seeing the videos for the first time, told WPLN that they want the officer to be fired. Meanwhile, Nashville's mayor is urging patience as the investigation unfolds.

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Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Both the Tennessee Supreme Court and Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday they will not intervene in the state's first execution in nearly a decade.

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Dozens of demonstrators blockaded the Nashville headquarters of CoreCivic for more than eight hours Monday, starting just after dawn.

They set up tents, barricades and a massive tripod structure that rose two stories in the air outside the building in the Burton Hills office park south of Green Hills.