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Chas Sisk

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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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A measure that would have slashed the penalties for carrying a handgun illegally has died in the state legislature.

The Tennessee Senate's Judiciary quietly killed Senate Bill 2427 on Wednesday by declining to take it up for debate.

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The East Tennessee legislator who's been trying to win passage of a law allowing medical cannabis in Tennessee unveiled a new approach Wednesday, in the hope of getting it through the General Assembly.

He suggests protecting many users from criminal prosecution. But they'd have to go out of state to buy cannabis and to get a doctor's prescription for it.

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Melody Cashion rattles off the list of drugs she once needed just to function.

Lyrica, Gabapentin, methadone, oxycodone, valium.

There were more. But those were the every day ones.

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Tennessee lawmakers have narrowly rejected an effort to move the tomb containing the remains of James K. Polk and his wife, Sarah, putting an end for now to a two-year debate over what to do with the memorial to the nation's 11th president.

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About 315,000 people in the state are immigrants. That's works out to about one in 20 Tennesseans.

How other people feel about those newcomers has become one of the most polarizing questions among voters.

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Tennessee lawmakers are pointing fingers at one another over the failure of a resolution condemning white nationalists and neo-Nazis, after a House panel defeated the measure earlier this week.

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Supporters of a measure that would overhaul how songwriters get paid are still working to get it off the ground. The Music Modernization Act was unveiled in Congress late last year, but no action has been taken yet.

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It's a desperate-sounding plea, delivered to residents of five Middle Tennessee counties over social media. The frantic man on screen is Shane Reeves, a Murfreesboro pharmacist running as a Republican in a special election, and though you might not know from the tone, Reeves is the favorite.

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There were high hopes among state lawmakers at the start of this year’s legislative session that they could get done early and without much controversy as many have elections looming this fall.

But as bills have moved forward, some emotional debates have brought an unwanted spotlight. This past week saw fights over a bill banning bump stocks, a resolution honoring a Memphis community activist and whether autopsy records should be kept open.

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The Senate campaign for Phil Bredesen says it's been targeted in a sophisticated attempt to steal its funds.

In a letter sent Thursday to the FBI, an attorney for the former Tennessee governor says unknown parties tried to trick the campaign into wiring money to a foreign bank account by masquerading in email messages as the Bredesen campaign's media buyer.