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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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As a state lawmaker, Republican Mae Beavers frequently proposed legislation to do away with handgun carry permits. And as a candidate for governor, her position is unchanged.

She believes there are already enough strings attached to gun purchases, so the permit process is pointless.

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Gov. Bill Haslam issued a statement Thursday saying he will not run for U.S. Senate, altering the calculus of the race to replace the retiring Republican Bob Corker and other races down the ballot. So far, two other politicians have announced their decisions later in the day as well.

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Thousands of Muslims live in Middle Tennessee. The vast majority are Sunnis, but they come from all over the world — Southeast Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the United States.

A Curious Nashville listener wanted to know more about them:

Our Muslim neighbors in Nashville: Are then Sunni? Shia? Do they get along or do they squabble? Do they go to separate mosques? 

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Poor Tennesseans who find themselves in the justice system could be about to get some more legal help, as the state Supreme Court has approved a plan meant to improve Tennessee's system of indigent representation.

But, justices say, the proposal is going to require some help from the governor and state lawmakers.

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Two Murfreesboro men have been charged with conspiracy and a civil rights violation for vandalizing a Rutherford County mosque in July.

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Gov. Bill Haslam is voicing some frustration about the prospects for health care reform following the failure of the latest plan to replace and repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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Tennesseans have softened their opposition to medical marijuana in recent years, and the candidates for governor reflect that change in public opinion.

Although none is calling to legalize cannabis outright, several say the state should consider allowing it for people who have serious health issues.

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The minister of the Antioch church where a gunman opened fire on Sunday, killing one woman and injuring six other people, says he's doing well but remains at a loss as to why his small congregation came under attack.

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Tennessee Senator Bob Corker says he will not seek another term. In an announcement released Tuesday afternoon, the two-term Republican says he never expected to stay in Washington more than 12 years.

Mayor Megan Barry urged Nashville to remember the victims and to resist the urge for vengeance as police search for the answers behind this weekend's shooting at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch.

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