Author

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.

COMMENTARY

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.

Pa.’s unemployment rate dropped slightly in November

By: - December 17, 2021

Nationally, the unemployment rate decreased four-tenths of a percentage over the month to 4.2 percent. 

Bill banking on Pa. organics has Dept. of Ag’s support

By: - December 14, 2021

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Eddie Day Pashinksi, D-Luzerne, would allow the state to continue allocating budget dollars to the Department of Agriculture for the purpose of funding the program in areas such as promotion, marketing and financial assistance to farmers on a permanent basis.

In Cumberland Co., state and local officials ask Pennsylvanians to license dogs in 2022

By: - December 14, 2021

CARLISLE, , Pa. — Officials from the state Department of Agriculture and Cumberland County spoke from the Cumberland County Courthouse Tuesday to remind Pennsylvanians to get their 2022 dog license before year’s end.  “It’s simple, if you love your dog, license your dog,” Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said. “The process is quick and easy to […]

Crawford County substance use roundtable highlights pandemic treatment challenges

By: - December 13, 2021

So far in 2021, Pennsylvania has logged 2,279 overdose deaths, according to state data.

State Rep. Joe Hohenstein and staffer test positive for COVID-19

By: - December 13, 2021

'My team and I will continue to offer services to constituents, both over the phone and by email,' the lawmaker said in a statement.

Food Insecurity in Pa. and beyond | The Numbers Racket

By: - December 13, 2021

In 2019, 1,353,730 Pennsylvanians - 10.6 percent - were food insecure.

State Sen. Scott Martin joins 2022 GOP primary race for Pa. Gov.

By: - December 11, 2021

Martin, who chairs the Senate Education Committee, has been a frequent critic of acting state Health Secretary Alison Beam’s Aug. 31 mask mandate for K-12 schools and childcare facilities in Pennsylvania, even going so far as to introduce legislation to try and curb the Secretary of Health’s powers. 

DHS unveils plan for Pa. American Rescue Plan dollars | Five for the Weekend

By: - December 11, 2021

Happy weekend, all. The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services on Thursday shared the highlights of its spending plan for approximately $1.2 billion federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).  “We have an unprecedented opportunity with this federal funding to support those who have been supporting individuals and families in our communities throughout the pandemic,” acting DHS Secretary Meg Snead said […]

Law enforcement advisory panel offers recommendations for policing reforms

By: - December 10, 2021

The Pennsylvania State Law Enforcement Citizen Advisory Commission, created by Gov. Tom Wolf last year, is made up of 21 voting members, including one representative from each of Pennsylvania’s 15 state police troops, and is tasked with reviewing law enforcement practices in the commonwealth and offering recommendations on areas of improvement, including areas such as use-of-force, police-involved shootings and bias-based policing practices.