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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.

Facing grim climate projections, state officials call for multi-dimensional approach to addressing climate change

By: and - May 9, 2021

The Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment is a report produced every three years by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) as directed by the Pennsylvania Climate Change Act (Act 70) of 2008. 

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The week in 5 tweets | Five for the Weekend

By: - May 8, 2021

Happy Weekend, all. From local and state news to national headlines, a lot happened this week. In the spirit of trying something new, we’d thought we’d share tweets about some of the week’s biggest stories (with a Pa. angle, of course). Disclaimer: The Capital-Star sharing these tweets with readers is not an endorsement of any candidate, lawmaker […]

Federal judge puts ruling on hold invalidating CDC’s nationwide eviction ban

By: - May 5, 2021

In his ruling U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich, of the U.S. District Court for the District Columbia, said the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention didn’t have the power to impose a moratorium that kept millions of Americans in their homes as the pandemic raged across the nation.

Native leader takes Pa.’s Santorum to history class: ‘Our history helped to shape the current U.S. government’

By: - May 5, 2021

Santorum’s remarks were the subject of a swift backlash, and on Monday night, Santorum, who is a senior political commentator for CNN,  appeared on the network to discuss the comments he made. Santorum said that he “misspoke,” but offered no apology for his dismissive remarks. 

New initiative aims to give Pennsylvanians with intellectual, development disabilities greater vaccines access

By: - May 4, 2021

On a call with reporters Tuesday, state officials announced the partnership between Rite Aid pharmacies statewide and the Department of Human Services Office of Developmental Programs (ODP). 

Census experts make $2B ask for census data infrastructure improvements

By: - May 4, 2021

In a letter to the chairs and ranking members of House and Senate Appropriations committees, The Census Project, a national coalition of 55 organizations, including the advocacy group, Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, asked Congressional leaders to allocate $2 billion in funding for the Bureau in its 2022 Fiscal Year appropriations.

DOS: More than 741k Pa. voters have asked for mail-in ballots

By: - May 3, 2021

According to the Department of State, 698,280 registered Pennsylvania voters have applied for a mail-in ballot and 43,602 voters have applied for an absentee ballot for a total of 741,882 ballot applications.

Here’s what you need to earn to rent a home in Pa. | The Numbers Racket

By: - May 3, 2021

A report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition examined the state of renting a home in Pennsylvania and its 67 counties. 

State lawmaker looks for ‘supplement’ to dwindling dog warden presence

By: - May 1, 2021

Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, believes his bill is of growing importance as the state’s Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement faces down a yet-to-be-fixed funding deficit. 

Thank you for supporting award-winning journalism | Five for the Weekend

By: - May 1, 2021

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you all for your continued support of the Pennsylvania Capital-Star.

Pa. opioid deaths increased during COVID-19 pandemic, officials say

By: - April 29, 2021

Pennsylvania recorded 4,880 opioid deaths in 2020, an increase of 422 deaths from the 2019 tally of 4,458. The increase offsets the progress the Wolf administration’s Opioid Operational Command Center had made between 2018 and 2020, which saw a 20 percent decrease in opioid deaths. 

Here’s how Pa. politicians reacted to Biden’s Congressional address

By: - April 28, 2021

(*This developing story will be updated) President Joe Biden spoke to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night, where he touted his administration’s accomplishments during its first 100 days, and its response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Biden also laid out parts of his $1.5 trillion proposed American Families Plan for members of Congress. […]