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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Tennessee lawmakers appear to be closing in on a plan to address Common Core education standards, but they’re keeping their solution under wraps.

Lawmakers have been trying for weeks to figure out how to deal with Common Core, the controversial education standards they adopted five years ago.

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Lawmakers haven’t had much to say about Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee health care plan since voting it down in early February.

About 30 protesters — many of them college students and clergy — rallied in the center of Legislative Plaza Wednesday to try to change that.

Haslam said his proposal would have extended health coverage to a quarter-million low-income Tennesseans, paid for by the federal government. But a Senate panel shot it down, arguing it might cost the state billions of dollars each year.

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Voting absentee could become a lot easier in Tennessee.

A plan making its way through the legislature would let anybody cast their ballot by mail, no questions asked. Current state law requires voters to give a reason when they apply for an absentee ballot, but the excuses can be wide-ranging.

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A plan to let Tennessee officials seize property believed to have been used for terrorism is beginning to gain steam in the state legislature, following an amendment that made the bill a little more acceptable to Muslims in the state.

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The Tennessee House of Representatives has approved a bill that would prevent people from being sued if they break into a car to rescue an overheated animal.

The measure, House Bill 537, builds on a law that went into effect last year that protects Good Samaritans who act to help children left in hot cars. Both proposals were brought by Rep. David Hawk (R-Greeneville).

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Tennessee lawmakers are working to keep school districts in the business of offering classes online. But as they do so, they’re staying away from the program’s most notable failure.

The state Senate voted Monday to extend the state's virtual school program for four more years, clearing the way for schools in Nashville, Chattanooga and elsewhere in Tennessee to remain open into 2019.

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Tennessee lawmakers are working to tighten rules so police can hold more people accused of domestic violence while they "cool off."

The proposal comes after a prominent Nashville contractor was arrested for abusing a girlfriend twice in a single morning.

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Tennessee lawmakers have started talking about guns. With dozens of changes to Tennessee gun laws proposed this year, legislators are really only moving forward with one, at the moment. It’s a bit of a surprise considering the enthusiasm for firearms in the General Assembly.

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Dr. Matthew Peachey specializes in treating people at the end of their lives.

It's a lot more than giving patients sedatives and painkillers. His focus is on helping the terminally ill figure out how best to use the time they have left.

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A proposal to ban red-light cameras survived its first test Wednesday, but the next one could be a lot harder.