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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 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.

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.

Thank you for reading this year | Five for the Weekend

By: - December 25, 2021

Happy weekend, all. Welcome to the last Five for the Weekend countdown of 2021! From all of us at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star, thank you for choosing us as your go-to news site for all things state government and beyond this year. We hope that you will continue to follow our reporting in the New Year. In addition to reading our award-winning […]

One more sleep: Pa. vet clears Santa’s reindeer for duty

By: - December 23, 2021

Pennsylvania State Veterinarian Dr. Kevin Brightbill met with Santa and his nine reindeer at Hersheypark Christmas Candyland Thursday to give Santa's noble steeds a last-minute physical before they set out on their globe-trotting journey to deliver toys to children everywhere. 

‘It’s OK to not be OK,’: Wolf admin. highlights mental health, substance use resources for holiday season

By: - December 22, 2021

In a virtual briefing with reporters Wednesday, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jen Smith said that the holiday season can be “overwhelming and triggering” for those with substance use disorder. 

COMMENTARY

DNC billboard touts Biden infrastructure funding to holiday travelers | Wednesday Morning Coffee

By: - December 22, 2021

The billboard (see graphic below), was placed by the Democratic National Committee on the Schuylkill Expressway, just north of the Philadelphia International Airport on Tuesday, and highlights key road and air travel infrastructure components of the law, which passed Congress and was signed by President Joe Biden, last month.  

COMMENTARY

Wolf, Insurance Dept. highlight federal law to curb surprise medical bills | Tuesday Morning Coffee

By: - December 21, 2021

The No Surprises Act, was passed by Congress last December as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act to protect patients and address surprise medical bills by requiring that health care providers and facilities provide patients with a "good faith estimate" for care.

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As COVID-19 cases climb, Wolf calls on feds for health care support | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - December 20, 2021

Pennsylvania recorded its first cases of the Omicron variant earlier this month in Philadelphia and the surrounding area, and on Friday, the last day for which state data is currently available, Pennsylvania logged 7,959 new cases of the virus, adding more strain to an already stressed health care system.

Pa.: The Tree Farm State | The Numbers Racket

By: - December 20, 2021

In 2017, the most recent year for which data were available, there were 15,008 tree farms in the United States, occupying more than 295,000 acres of land for production, according to data from the National Agricultural Statistics Service. 

More than 14k acres of Pa. farmland preserved in 2021 | Five for the Weekend

By: - December 18, 2021

The 30 new farms preserved this week are located in Beaver, Berks, Blair, Cambria, Chester, Dauphin, Erie, Franklin, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Schuylkill, Union, Westmoreland, and York counties.