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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.

To protect kids under 12 this summer, ‘get vaccinated’ state Physician General says

By: - July 21, 2021

“We have the power to stop the spread of this virus and keep ourselves, our children, friends and family safe by getting vaccinated,” an official said.

Report: In a shift, Wolf says he’d support ‘reasonable’ voter ID requirements

By: - July 20, 2021

The revelation was part of an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer published Tuesday, in which Wolf said he had previously drawn a line in the sand on bills containing voter ID language. 

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2021-22 Budget Breakdown: Conservation, Natural Resources, Environmental Protection and Ag | The Numbers Racket

By: - July 19, 2021

Continuing our breakdown of the 2021-22 budget approved in June, this week we dive into the numbers for the departments of Conservation and Natural Resources, Environmental Protection and Agriculture.

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Department of Health logs 453 inspections, $44k in fines in June report | Monday Morning Coffee

By: - July 19, 2021

Good Monday Morning, Fellow Seekers. Associate Editor Cassie Miller here, filling in for John today. Let’s dive right in, shall we? Sixteen-months after the COVID-19 emergency began in Pennsylvania, its nursing homes and long-term care facilities are still dealing with an array of challenges, including what some say was a bungled response to COVID-19 by state […]

PFAS 101: What they are, why it matters | Five for the Weekend

By: - July 17, 2021

These man-made chemicals are used for a variety of purposes, including making waterproof cosmetics, stain-resistant fabrics and carpeting to non-stick cookware. To summarize, they are abundant in our daily lives.

Pa.’s unemployment rate fell to 6.9 percent in June, still above national rate

By: - July 16, 2021

Dropping for the fourth consecutive month, Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate fell to 6.9 percent in June, down one-tenth of a percentage point from May, according to new state Labor & Industry data..  The new data, which the agency released on Friday, showed that the commonwealth’s unemployment rate was down 6.4 percentage points from June 2020 when […]

York Co. raises objections to Pa. Sen. Mastriano’s election audit request

By: - July 15, 2021

Just a day after Tioga County announced it would deny a request for access to election documents and equipment from a Republican state lawmaker, another county has raised objections to the request.  On Thursday afternoon, York County Commissioners – two Republicans and one Democrat – responded to a letter mailed last week by state Sen. […]

Pa. Farm Show Complex to welcome guests again starting in September

By: - July 15, 2021

Starting this September, the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg will once again start playing host to large events, officials said Thursday. The looming return of such events as sports tournaments and agricultural shows and competitions marks the end of a 16-month, pandemic-inspired hiatus that saw the sprawling building transformed into a […]

Western Pa. birders question state Game Commission over removal of protected species’ nests

By: - July 15, 2021

The destruction of approximately 150 migratory bird nests from a Pennsylvania Game Commission Building in western Pennsylvania has area bird watchers concerned for the wellbeing of the protected species and dismayed with the state agency in charge of ensuring their protection. In western Pennsylvania’s Mercer County, Kim Springer has been an avid bird watcher for […]

State regulatory board gives Pa. greenlight to join regional cap-and-trade program

By: - July 13, 2021

This story was updated at 12:15 p.m. on 7/13/21 with additional details on the rule’s next steps.  A state regulatory board has moved the commonwealth one step closer to joining a regional cap-and-trade program that would limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants across Pennsylvania.  The state Environmental Quality Board voted 15-4 Tuesday to approve […]

Turning DelWaterGap into national park would have ‘many benefits,’ DCNR Secretary Dunn says

By: - July 12, 2021

A proposal that would turn the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area into a national park has picked up support from the head of the state agency that oversees Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests. Members of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey chapters of the Sierra Club first suggested last week that the 40-mile stretch of […]

2021-22 Budget Breakdown: Education, Higher Ed | The Numbers Racket

By: - July 12, 2021

After the $40.8 billion  budget was approved by the General Assembly and Gov. Tom Wolf last month, both Wolf, a Democrat and the Republican-controlled Legislature, touted its savings while spending in a few key areas, including education.  Wolf to sign $40.8B budget that spends on education, saves billions for the future Here’s a breakdown of […]