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.
Here’s how you can support Pa. farmers this fall | Five for the Weekend
By: Cassie Miller - October 9, 2021
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service survey, Pennsylvania’s agritourism sales average $27 million annually and increase income per operation by more than $38,000.
Pa. parks need $1.4B for infrastructure repairs, improvements, DCNR says
By: Cassie Miller - October 8, 2021
Speaking from Shikellamy State Park, which needs some $56 million in upgrades, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said Friday that many parks in the aging system “are increasingly facing operating challenges because of infrastructure needs.”
Pa., three other states to share gun crime data in new collaboration against gun violence
By: Cassie Miller - October 7, 2021
In a virtual press briefing Thursday, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed what’s known as a memorandum of understanding authorizing the law enforcement agencies in the partnering states to share relevant gun crime data with each other in an effort to prevent gun crimes and violence as well as identify and apprehend traffickers and dealers of firearms.
Pa. Health Dept.: More than 5K COVID-19 cases; More than 2,800 hospitalized
By: Cassie Miller - October 6, 2021
As of Wednesday, there were 2,891 people hospitalized with COVID-19, according to state health data. Of that number, 675 patients with COVID-19 are in the intensive care unit.
Pa. hit liquor sales record in 2020-21 fiscal year | The Numbers Racket
By: Cassie Miller - October 4, 2021
The record sales and revenue reported by the PLCB are , in almost all comparisons, a rebound from the 2019-20 fiscal year, which saw state-run liquor sales slump statewide as the stores closed for a portion of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pa. DMVA administers service-connected blindness pension | Five for the Weekend
By: Cassie Miller - October 2, 2021
October is Blindness Awareness Month in Pennsylvania, a condition affecting many Pennsylvanians, including veterans.
Dog law Senate bill ‘unlikely’ to move forward, aide to top Pa. senator says
By: Cassie Miller - October 2, 2021
Despite a funding deficit more than two decades in the making, a bill to increase dog license fees and boost funding for Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, likely won’t see a vote this session. Legislation (SB 232) sponsored by state Sen. Judy Schwank, D-Berks, in February, is unlikely to see a vote in the […]
Report: GOP guv hopeful Gerow was sideswiped in fatal Pa. Turnpike crash, police say
By: Cassie Miller - October 1, 2021
The crash, which occurred on the Pennsylvania Turnpike on July 21 around 10 p.m., left the motorcyclist dead, and has been under investigation by the Pennsylvania State police since, according to a published report.
‘Let our kids play’: Advocates rally for transgender youth at Pa. Capitol
By: Cassie Miller - September 30, 2021
“Trans youth are welcome in Pennsylvania, Trans people belong in Pennsylvania,” Janelle Crossley, one of the state’s most prominent transgender rights advocates, said.
Western Pa. lawmakers introduce adult-use cannabis bill
By: Cassie Miller - September 28, 2021
The bill includes a “Cannabis Clean Slate” proposal that would expunge the records of non-violent drug offenders and release incarcerated non-violent drug offenders.
Hispanic Heritage Month, by the numbers | The Numbers Racket
By: Cassie Miller - September 27, 2021
According to the 2020 census count, people who identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino comprised the second-largest ethnic group in the U.S., accounting for more than 18 percent of the population, or more than 62 million people.
Ag. partnership with DoorDash delivers meals to Pa. seniors | Five for the Weekend
By: Cassie Miller - September 25, 2021
According to a statement shared by the state Department of Agriculture Thursday, the partnership is "designed to remove barriers and increase enrollment in the underutilized Pennsylvania Senior Food Box Program."