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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.

More than 400 Pa. schools participating voluntary COVID-19 testing program | Five for the Weekend

By: - November 13, 2021

The testing partnership between the department, Concentric and Ginkgo Bioworks has conducted more than 3,600 PCR and antigen tests.

Veterans Day 2021, by the numbers | The Numbers Racket

By: - November 11, 2021

Data from the 2019 American Community Survey, conducted by the United States Census Bureau tells us that there were 18.2 million military veterans in the United States between 2015-2019. But what else does the data show?

In Johnstown, Pa. officials look to stem tide of overdoses

By: - November 9, 2021

The roundtable discussion held in Johnstown, is part of a listening tour conducted by the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs to discuss local trends in substance abuse disorder with treatment providers, recovering members of the community and local officials. 

Fall Back: It’s curtains for Daylight Saving Time | The Numbers Racket

By: - November 8, 2021

Spring forward, fall back, the old adage reminds us. Daylight Saving Time is upon us again. 

New contract provisions aim to help Pa. parks reduce plastic waste | Five for the Weekend

By: - November 6, 2021

The new provisions will prevent the use of plastic bags, straws and cutlery at state park concession stands, calling for them to be replaced with "compostable, paper, wood, or plant fiber alternatives, according to a statement from DCNR.

Wine & Spirits customers encouraged to ‘shop early’ for the holiday season

By: - November 4, 2021

As the holiday season approaches – the busiest months for wine and spirits producers and sellers – industry experts and Pennsylvania’s state store system are urging consumers not to wait on buying  their beverages of choice.  From increased demand for aged spirits, a shortage of glass bottles, and shipping issues, state and federal industry experts […]

MAP: Here’s an (unofficial) look at the 2021 Election Day turnout rates in Pa. counties

By: - November 3, 2021

As results continue to trickle in from Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, unofficial results provide a preliminary glimpse at voter turnout rate in each county. 

Lebanon Co. picks its first Latina magisterial district judge

By: - November 3, 2021

Results from Tuesday’s municipal elections are still trickling in from counties across the state, including two races in southeastern Lebanon County.  In the race for mayor of Lebanon City, Republican incumbent Sherry Capello won a fourth term, beating Democratic candidate Cesar Liriano 1,665-1,153, according to unofficial results.  Capello’s son, James Capello, did not fare as […]

Pa. Health Dept.: 2,639 hospitalized, 75 new deaths attributed to COVID-19

By: - November 2, 2021

An unspecified “technical issue” has delayed the reporting of new COVID-19 case counts in Pennsylvania by the Department of Health.  Due to the technical issue, the department did not report new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, but did provide updates on other COVID-19 statistics in Pennsylvania.  As of Tuesday afternoon, 2,639 people were hospitalized with […]

State lawmaker floating privatizing ‘historical recognitions,’ criticizes state diversity efforts

By: - November 1, 2021

Taking issue with the state’s top historical agency and its initiatives to reflect the diverse history of Pennsylvania, a state lawmaker has called on the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission to get out of the historical marker business.  State Rep. Parke Wentling, R-Crawford, penned an Op-ed last week featured in City & State Pennsylvania, a […]

The partisan divide over voting rights, by the numbers | The Numbers Racket

By: - November 1, 2021

While more than half (57 percent) of Americans said voting was “a fundamental right for every adult U.S. citizen and should not be restricted in any way,” 42 percent said “voting is a privilege that comes with responsibilities and can be limited if adult U.S. citizens don’t meet some requirements.”

What to know before you head to the polls | Five for the Weekend

By: - October 30, 2021

Happy weekend, all. It’s that time of year again, Pennsylvania! Tuesday, Nov. 2 is Election Day! Polls are open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., for those casting their ballots in-person and masks are encouraged, but not required for voters.  “We strongly encourage voters to wear masks for their own safety and out of respect for […]