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A new study shows health disparities cost Texas billions of dollars; Senate rejects impeachment articles against Mayorkas, ending trial against Cabinet secretary; Iowa cuts historical rural school groups.

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The Senate dismisses the Mayorkas impeachment. Maryland Lawmakers fail to increase voting access. Texas Democrats call for better Black maternal health. And polling confirms strong support for access to reproductive care, including abortion.

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Rural Wyoming needs more vocational teachers to sustain its workforce pipeline, Ohio environmental advocates fear harm from a proposal to open 40-thousand forest acres to fracking and rural communities build bike trail systems to promote nature, boost the economy.

Epiphany La'Sha


Raised in East Texas, Epiphany La’Sha has been a journalist for the last 7 years. Her work can be seen in print, radio, and television markets across Texas. She earned a B.S. of Mass Communications from Texas A&M University-Texarkana and is working on her Masters of Business Administration from Prairie View A&M University.

Honors and Awards: 2019 Student Project Member of National Association of Black Journalists

Professional Memberships: National Association of Black Journalists

Languages Spoken: English

Topic Expertise: Education, Rural, Youth Issues, Politics

Local Expertise: Texas

Location: East Texas

Demographic Expertise: Minority, Women, Low Income Communities, Students, Young People, Racial


Latest Work

Telework Increases Texans' Back and Neck Problems

The number of Texans who can work remotely has grown since the pandemic began, but there can be health-related downsides to the trend. Many people …

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Emotional Stress Top Reason For Higher Ed. Drop Outs

Nationally, COVID-19 has been devastating for many people pursuing higher education. Almost a million stopped attending college or universities in …

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Researchers Question Cost-benefit of Methane Emissions from Low-Producing Oil and Gas Wells

The country's 565,000 low-producing oil and gas wells - thousands of them in Texas - are responsible for approximately half of the methane discharged …

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TX Researchers Help Preserve Work of World-Class Botanist

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas has been awarded over $500,000 to help preserve the work of a famous American botanist. In a career as an …

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TX Group Makes Earth Day Plea for Cleaner Environment

It is Earth Day, and the Texas Campaign for the Environment is backing a movement targeting fossil-fuel exporters across the state. Texas is the …

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ACA Prompts Record 2022 Enrollment in TX

More than 1.8 million Texans signed up for health insurance this year under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), up 42% from 2021, providing more than 500,0…

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“Sacrifice Zone:" Port Arthur in Path of Industrial Pollution

The latest American Cancer Society research estimates more than 139,000 Texans will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in 2022. One of the "hot …

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Texas Faces Massive Teacher Shortage

Currently, there are more than 10,000 job openings to teach in Texas. The state has faced a teacher shortage for years, but it became worse during …

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'Giving Circles' Fight LGBTQ+ Oppression with Generosity

In Texas, the latest state law targeting trans people directs the Department of Family and Protective Services to investigate any surgical treatment …

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Día Nacional de Decisiones de Salud en TX: Conversaciones Difíciles y Necesarias

Corrección: El nombre de la organización es Compassion & Choices. Una versión anterior de esta historia nombró la organizació…

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