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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.

Starting next week, Pa. school kids can be 3 feet, not 6 feet apart, under updated social distancing guidelines

By: - March 30, 2021

On a call with reporters Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Department of Education updated the commonwealth’s COVID-19 guidance for schools effective April 5. 

The pros and cons of working from home during a pandemic | The Numbers Racket

By: - March 29, 2021

In a December poll conducted by Pew Research Center, about half of U.S. workers surveyed said they have more flexibility now than they did prior to the pandemic. 

Save the reopening date | Five for the Weekend

By: - March 27, 2021

Happy Weekend, all. We’ve made it to yet another Friday. This week and last week the Capital-Star team has reported the reopening and gradual lifting of COVID-19 measures on the commonwealth’s event venues, eateries, shops and more to begin in April. In case you missed it, here’s a few stories on what’s reopening and what […]

State parks to host volunteers, in-person programs beginning in April

By: - March 26, 2021

Beginning on April 4, the same day that Wolf said restaurants can host 75 percent capacity and resume bar service, DCNR will welcome visitors back to its visitors centers, offices and other events and program facilities at 75 percent capacity. 

Historic sites, museums around the state set reopening date

By: - March 24, 2021

On April 30, the State Museum of Pennsylvania and the more than two dozen sites under state jurisdiction will begin operating under reduced hours and limited capacity, which will vary by site. 

Wolf taps top aide Meg Snead to lead Human Services Department following Sec.Teresa Miller’s resignation

By: - March 23, 2021

In a statement, Wolf said he’d nominated administration Policy & Planning Secretary Meg Snead to fill the looming vacancy at one the state’s largest agencies. 

Pa. solar energy initiative to supply 50 percent of state government power by 2023

By: and - March 22, 2021

The project is the largest solar commitment by any government in the U.S. announced to date, officials said. Boosted by seven solar arrays in six counties, it will generate 191 megawatt hours, or the equivalent of taking 34,000 cars off the roads.

MAP: Women STEM degrees by county | The Numbers Racket

By: - March 22, 2021

Each month, the Pennsylvania State Data Center, at Penn State’s Harrisburg campus  in Middletown, Pa. creates a  “map of the month,” visualizing statewide data statistics on a different topic. 

Worried over its future, some Cumberland Co. residents call for ‘pause’ on sale of county-owned nursing home

By: - March 21, 2021

The October 2020 announcement from county officials calling for bidders is on par with statewide trends that have seen an increase in the sale of county-run nursing homes over the past decade. 

Some spring planting tips | Five for the Weekend

By: - March 20, 2021

Happy Weekend, all. I write to you from the cold recesses of my cold, semi-finished basement office where, tucked in a heated blanket, I’m pleading with Mother Nature to send temperatures, just a few degrees warmer, our way. I’m especially eager to get planting. Each year I plant a small garden, and while I’m most […]

Restaurants, gyms can go to 75 percent capacity starting April 4, Wolf says

By: - March 15, 2021

The changes, which will take effect on April 4, allow restaurants to resume bar service and allow alcohol sales without the purchase of food, removes the curfew for alcoholic beverages at tables and increases the indoor-dining capacity to 75 percent.  

Report ranks the best states for women | The Numbers Racket

By: - March 15, 2021

Using 26 living standard indicators, WalletHub was able to compare data across the nation and rank each state based on its standards and treatment of women.