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 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.
CDC updates COVID-19 vaccine booster guidance as case counts rise
By: Cassie Miller - May 24, 2022
In a statement issued last week, the CDC expanded second booster eligibility for individuals 12 or older who are immunocompromised and those ages 50 and older. The agency cited a nationwide increase in COVID-19 cases as the reason for the update to the eligibility guidelines.
DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell to leave Wolf admin on July 2
By: Cassie Miller - May 23, 2022
The Wolf administration said that it plans to tap DEP Executive Secretary of Programs Ramez Ziadeh, to serve as acting secretary following McDonnell’s departure next month.
Nearly 70M Americans receive benefits from Social Security Admin programs | The Numbers Racket
By: Cassie Miller - May 23, 2022
In 2020, 69.8 million people received benefits from programs administered by the Social Security Administration, according to the federal agency.
Pa. ranks 2nd among states for direct-to-consumer sales | Five for the Weekend
By: Cassie Miller - May 21, 2022
The USDA found that 6,200 Pennsylvania farms produce and sell food locally through direct marketing, which generated $600 million in revenue in 2020.
Pa.’s unemployment rate fell to 4.8 percent in April
By: Cassie Miller - May 20, 2022
Department of Labor & Industry data confirmed that the commonwealth’s April 2022 unemployment rate is 2.1 percentage points below its April 2021 unemployment rate.
Waxman wins Democratic primary for Philadelphia’s 182nd House District seat
By: Cassie Miller - May 18, 2022
In the race to fill his seat, Sims endorsed Alvarez, director of community engagement for World Healthcare Infrastructures and the LGBTQ care coordinator for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.
State Rep. Austin Davis wins Democratic nod for Lt. Gov.
By: Cassie Miller - May 17, 2022
Davis beat out fellow state Rep. Brian Sims, D-Philadelphia, and Montgomery County banker and insurance agent Ray Sosa, taking 66.22 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results.
What Americans are saying about their financial health | The Numbers Racket
By: Cassie Miller - May 16, 2022
Forty-nine percent of respondents said they are prepared for a financial emergency, compared to 30 percent who said they were not prepared. Another 21 percent of respondents said they didn’t know if they were prepared for a financial emergency or not.
Election Day is May 17. Here’s a look at who’s running for U.S. Senate, Lt. Gov. in Pa.
By: Marley Parish and Cassie Miller - May 15, 2022
With GOP U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey retiring from public office, Democrats see this as one of the few chances to gain a seat and build on what’s now a narrow majority in the upper chamber.
State officials report more than 910k requests for mail-in, absentee ballots | Five for the Weekend
By: Cassie Miller - May 14, 2022
State election officials are reminding voter who voted or plan to vote via mail-in ballot, to return ballots to their county board of elections as soon as possible.
Hart ends gubernatorial bid, endorses Barletta in GOP primary
By: Cassie Miller - May 13, 2022
Melissa Hart, a former state senator and GOP gubernatorial candidate, announced at a press conference in Harrisburg on Friday that she would suspend her campaign and Barletta, a former member of congress and the elected mayor of Hazleton in Luzerne County