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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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Williamson County Schools

The superintendent who has clashed frequently with some school board members in Williamson County could become the next leader of Metro Nashville Public Schools. 

Mike Looney, the chief of Williamson County Schools since 2009, was named Monday as one of the finalists for Nashville's top job. 

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A group of Williamson County parents says state campaign finance officials are trying to squelch their free speech rights.

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When President Obama visits Madison Wednesday, some are hoping it'll give a boost to Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee proposal, but pitching Medicaid expansion isn't part of the plan.

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Supporters of Gov. Bill Haslam's health care plan hope a ruling last week by the U.S. Supreme Court will be a turning point.

Backers of Insure Tennessee rallied Monday at St. Thomas Hospital's Midtown campus, in a bid to keep momentum going after the nation's highest court upheld subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.

The decision reaffirmed the law, which also calls for granting Tennessee billions of dollars each year if it adopts Insure Tennessee and expands Medicaid to more than 250,000 low-income residents.

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Three Tennessee abortion providers are asking a federal court to strike down regulations that they believe are meant to force them out of business.

The suit comes just days before some of those requirements are set to go into effect.

The Memphis Center for Reproductive Health, the Women's Center in Nashville and the Bristol Regional Women's Center filed suit Thursday in the U.S. District Court for Middle Tennessee, challenging three requirements that they claim are designed to harass abortion providers and create unnecessary hurdles for women seeking abortions.

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Gov. Bill Haslam says state officials are still deciding whether to appeal the court order keeping open a troubled online school, but he says it's clear the privately-operated Tennessee Virtual Academy will get at least another year. 

A Nashville judge ruled earlier this month that the Department of Education misapplied state law when it tried to shut down the statewide cyberschool at the end of this month.

Haslam says his administration isn't ready to accept the decision. But it does mean it's too late to close the school before the fall.

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Gov. Bill Haslam says he favors removing a bust of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest from the Tennessee Capitol.

But he says he doesn't have the authority to do it on his own.

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As debate intensifies in South Carolina over the Confederate flag, a Nashville lawmaker is calling for the removal of another controversial symbol — this one at the Tennessee Capitol.

U.S. Representative Jim Cooper, D-Nashville, used Twitter Monday to call for the bust of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest to be taken down.

The sculpture is on the top floor of the Tennessee Capitol, near the state Senate chambers.

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The Tennessee Titans underpaid city taxes for at least three seasons, a top executive told the Metro Sports Authority on Wednesday, but the team needs more time to figure out exactly how much it owes.  

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Tennessee has a new plan that it hopes will help more veterans get their trucking licenses.

Officials plan to send two new mobile testing stations to Fort Campbell and other sites around the state.  

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