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Cassie Miller

Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry. Miller has an extensive background in magazine writing, editing and design. She is a graduate of Penn State University where she served as the campus newspaper’s photo editor. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in professional journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition to her role at the Capital-Star, Miller enjoys working on her independent zines, Dead Air and Infrared. Follow her on Twitter: @Wordsby_CassieM.

5 ways across 5 Pa. regions: How to give back on this MLK Day of Service

By: - January 17, 2022

While there are plenty of in-person volunteer opportunities available statewide, there also are virtual volunteer opportunities to allow anyone to give back this year. 

MLK Day 2022: Volunteering in the U.S., by the numbers | The Numbers Racket

By: - January 17, 2022

Before the pandemic, approximately 63 million Americans - 25 percent of the adult population - volunteered, according to data from the Nonprofit Source, a marketing agency helping nonprofits expand their online presence. 

Attendance low for Pa. Farm Show’s in-person return, Ag Dept. says | Five for the Weekend

By: - January 15, 2022

Attendance this year was low compared to pre-pandemic years, with vendors, competitors and guests alike, choosing to forgo the crowds, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

New federal law will help protect Pa. residents against surprise medical bills, Wolf admin says

By: - January 13, 2022

The newly enacted federal law took effect on Jan. 1. It prevents patients from receiving surprise medical bills by “requiring that emergency services are billed as in-network, without needing prior approval” and by banning specific “out-of-network charges and balance billing without advance notice,” according to the department

Pa. Insurance Dept. hits UPMC with $250K penalty for Affordable Care Act violations

By: - January 11, 2022

The UPMC review, one of five insurance company reviews conducted by PID, and which covered the time period between Jan. 1, 2015, to March 31, 2016, found that, among other violations, the company denied claims that should have been paid, miscalculated maximum out-of-pocket costs, and issued “unclear communications.”

It’s Farm Show Week. Here’s a look, by the numbers | The Numbers Racket

By: - January 10, 2022

With the theme “Harvesting More,” this year’s Farm Show aims to celebrate the contributions of Pennsylvania’s $132.5 billion agriculture and food industry. 

Resolve to read with us in 2022 | Five for the Weekend

By: - January 8, 2022

Happy weekend, all. Welcome to the first Five for the Weekend of 2022! We hope all of you had a joyous and restful holiday season. If one of your New Year’s Resolutions was to read more, why not start by reading along with the Capital-Star book club – the Penn Capital-Star Readers? Those interested can join the group […]

DEP outlines a path for Pa. to hit ‘100 percent’ of Chesapeake Bay pollution reduction goal

By: - January 6, 2022

The announcement by the state Department of Environmental Protection comes after a litany of criticism and legal challenges from neighboring states Virginia and Maryland, the District of Columbia, and environmental advocacy groups that the Keystone State wasn’t meeting its fair share of the cleanup burden. 

Banned: Callery Pear tree phased ban to begin next month

By: - January 3, 2022

The offending tree, the Callery Pear or Bradford Pear, will join the list of Class B noxious weeds, and be banned from sale or cultivation in Pennsylvania beginning Feb. 9, according to the department. 

Americans say New Year’s Resolutions will be harder to keep in 2022 | The Numbers Racket

By: - January 3, 2022

Fifty-nine percent of Americans think New Year’s resolutions will be harder to keep in 2022 than 2021, according to a new study.

Year in review: The top 5 Capital-Star stories of 2021

By: - December 27, 2021

From mask mandates and election investigations, to COVID-19  and lawmaker arrests, there was no shortage of important stories to tell in 2021. 

The top spirits in Pa. as told by Pa.’s state store sales | The Numbers Racket

By: - December 27, 2021

If purchases are any indicator, unflavored vodka and bourbon are far and away Pennsylvania’s top choices for spirits, with the next closest competing beverage more than $112,000 behind in dollar-for-dollar sales.