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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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Tennessee is on the verge of becoming one of the few states that allows women to buy hormonal birth control without first having to visit a doctor.

The idea is seen as a way to make birth control more widely available, and perhaps even reduce the number of abortions. But turning it into reality has taken a long time.

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Nashville tailor Manuel Cuevas, the maker of rhinestone-studded suits worn by entertainers like Elvis Presley and Jack White, is receiving one of the nation's highest honors for folk artists.

The National Endowment for the Arts announced this week that he has won its National Heritage Fellowship, one of only 10 people who'll receive the honor this year.

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It wasn't a cyberattack that took down TNReady exams earlier this year but an error by the testing company. External investigators and the state comptroller made the conclusion after reviewing the crash that disrupted standardized tests statewide.

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Governor Bill Haslam named Knoxville's police chief to be the next director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation after another finalist was accused of misusing state resources to conduct an extramarital affair.

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State officials are hedging their bets on next year's TNReady testing.

The Department of Education announced Thursday that they'll be limiting online exams in the middle-school grades to just one subject — science — as part of a new plan to keep closer tabs on how computerized testing is going.

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The head of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. said Nissan Stadium has a good shot at hosting World Cup games, after international soccer authorities announced Wednesday that they had chosen the joint United States, Canada and Mexico bid to host the tournament in 2026.

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The topic of abortion has begun to rise in prominence in the race for Tennessee governor.

Two candidates in particular — the Republicans Diane Black and Randy Boyd — are showcasing their positions on the issue in ads and mailers.

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President Donald Trump won't be on the ballot this fall, but he looms large over the races for Congress and governor.

Candidates can boost themselves with conservatives by standing close to Trump — sometimes literally. But no leader in recent history has been as polarizing as the president, so they risk alienating voters elsewhere on the political spectrum.

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A recurring theme over the past several years has been sparring between the Republican-controlled state legislature and Tennessee's more liberal big cities. They've staked out positions on issues like LGBT rights, living wages and immigration, only to have them undone by lawmakers.

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President Donald Trump traveled to Nashville Tuesday to support Congressman Marsha Blackburn in her bid for the U.S. Senate, but Republican hopefuls up and down the ballot sought to tie themselves to Trump in the hope that his popularity will rub off this fall.

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