Chas Sisk

Enterprise Reporter

Chas joined WPLN in 2015 after eight years with The Tennessean, including more than five years as the newspaper's statehouse reporter. Chas has also covered communities, politics and business in Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. Chas grew up in South Carolina and attended Columbia University in New York, where he studied economics and journalism. Outside of work, he's a dedicated distance runner, having completed a dozen marathons.

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Congressman Jim Cooper says he's worried about the safety of immigrants deported back to Iraq and wants officials from that country to intervene to ensure they won't be harmed by extremists.

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Meharry Medical College and Middle Tennessee State University have come up with a plan that they believe could help close the healthcare gap between Tennessee's cities and its rural areas.

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A Nashville proposal to limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities is drawing strong condemnation from some top Middle Tennessee Republicans.

The sponsor of a 2009 state law banning so-called "sanctuary cities" says he's prepared to have the Metro Council proposal struck down if it wins final approval at a meeting next month.

The proposal passed a second of three votes Tuesday night, over the objections of some council members who asked for more time.

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Charlie Morris vividly recalls his brother's murder.

Jesse Lee Bond was a sharecropper in Shelby County. Suspicious because his harvests never seemed to cover his debts, in the spring of 1939, Bond asked the local general store for a receipt of his seed purchases.

For his diligence, he was shot, castrated, dragged and left for dead in the Hatchie River.

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So far this month, three dozen immigrants have been held in Nashville's jail at the request of federal authorities.

That fact is adding some urgency to a debate that's scheduled to begin tonight. At issue: how much Davidson County should work with immigration officials.

The proposed ordinances would prohibit the county jail from holding people on immigration violations alone. Local law enforcement would also be barred from sharing information about custody status and court dates with immigration officials.

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The maker of an opioid treatment that's come under scrutiny recently contributed more than $20,000 to candidates in Tennessee last year.

The donations appear to be part of an aggressive nationwide campaign aimed at influencing state legislatures.

The company is called Alkermes, and it makes a medication known as Vivitrol.

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In a library at Cumberland University, history professor Mark Cheathem flips the switch on an electronic scanner.

The image of a letter addressed to Martin Van Buren, the nation's eighth president, pops up on screen. 

At least, that's what it appears to be.

The handwriting is a loopy scrawl. The language is outdated. Words written on one side of the page have bled through to the other, making the document even harder to read.

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A Chinese auto supplier is opening its first American plant in Lewisburg.

Minth Group, which builds plastic components and body parts for the major automakers, says it'll start by employing 200 people, and the first customer of its $13.2 million, Marshall County facility will be Daimler's Mercedes plant in Alabama. But the company could eventually ship to car manufacturers across the Southeast, says chief operating officer Jimmy Chen.

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Federal authorities confirm that they're rounding up Iraqis in Nashville and elsewhere for possible deportation, in a sweep that began last week and so far has resulted in six people being detained.

Immigration authorities say the sweep is aimed at removing those with criminal convictions, as part of a deal with the Iraqi government.

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At least six Nashville Kurds are facing deportation amid what immigration rights advocates are describing as a sweep by federal authorities.

The actions appear to have been initially aimed at deporting people with criminal records, but activists say they've widened to include contacts with other non-citizens.