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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.

Substance use, alcohol consumption rises during pandemic, state officials say

By: - May 26, 2021

While all of the 2020 data has not been released yet, state health officials said  in April that preliminary data show there were at least 422 more overdose deaths in 2020 than in 2019.

Asian Americans, Hispanics are the fastest growing part of the U.S. population | The Numbers Racket

By: - May 24, 2021

Between 2000 and 2019, the Asian population in the United States grew 81 percent, making it the fastest-growing racial or ethnic group during the same timeframe, increasing from 10.5 million people in 2000 to a record-setting 18.9 million in 2019. 

1-4-3 Day is May 21: What to know about this chance for Pennsylvanians to ‘be a good neighbor’

By: - May 20, 2021

Beginning on Friday, May 21 and lasting through Sunday, May 23, Gov. Tom Wolf has called on Pennsylvanians to celebrate the third annual “1-4-3 Day” in honor of children’s TV star and Pittsburgh native Fred Rogers. 

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Despite update to CDC masking rule, Pa. businesses, schools can require masks

By: - May 17, 2021

The reminder, issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, says that while fully vaccinated individuals are free to go maskless most of the time, they must wear a face covering if a business, school or other organization in the commonwealth requires it. 

Trivial Pursuit, the Pa. Edition | The Numbers Racket

By: - May 17, 2021

In this week’s Numbers Racket we take a look at an olio of statistics about the Keystone State, courtesy of data from the Pennsylvania State Data Center. 

In the absence of state and federal demographic data, Pa.’s LGBTQ community conducts its own research

By: - May 15, 2021

In the absence of state and federal demographic data researchers at Bryn Mawr College, the Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center in Allentown decided to move on their own. 

Welcome aboard, Marley! | Five for the weekend

By: - May 15, 2021

Happy Weekend, all. Before we adjourn for the weekend, I’m sure you noticed a new name and face on the Capital-Star page this week! Please join me in welcoming our newest staff reporter, Marley Parish, to Harrisburg! Marley will be working diligently to cover the state Senate for the Capital-Star among other things! In case […]

Fully vaxxed Pennsylvanians can go mask-free, state health officials confirm

By: - May 13, 2021

The announcement comes just hours after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance on mask wearing.

‘We can’t move forward if we leave others behind’: State officials urge Pennsylvanians to apply for rental assistance

By: - May 12, 2021

In a briefing with reporters Tuesday, acting state Human Services Secretary Meg Snead urged Pennsylvanians who are behind on rental payments or having trouble making payments to apply for assistance through the state’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). 

They’re ‘unsung heroes’: Pa. officials pay tribute to farm workers who kept food on the table during pandemic

By: - May 11, 2021

The employer-sponsored mobile vaccination site at the mushroom farm is the result of a partnership between the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Latino Connection and Highmark Blue Shield, which aims to reach the commonwealth’s diverse and underserved populations. 

Wolf admin.: Maximum capacity for indoor and outdoor events to increase starting Monday

By: - May 11, 2021

Starting next week, restaurants, schools and event venues can increase their indoor capacity from 25 percent maximum occupancy to 50 percent, and from 50 percent to 75 percent capacity for outdoor events. 

The Great Labor Divide: How Dems and the GOP view the decline of union workers | The Numbers Racket

By: - May 10, 2021

Conducted by Pew Research Center, the survey found that more than half of Americans (56 percent) said the decrease in workers represented by unions has been “somewhat” or “very” bad for the country, while 60 percent said the decline was “somewhat” or “very” bad for working people.