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.
Catching up on this week’s biggest stories | Five for the Weekend
By: Cassie Miller - July 10, 2021
From election audits to 5G, unemployment to opioids, there was no shortage of news this week, despite it following a holiday weekend.
Report: Pa. sees record natural gas production, more compliance violations in 2020
By: Cassie Miller - July 8, 2021
Producing more than 7.1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, Pennsylvania ranked second among states for natural gas production in 2020, a state record for gas production in a single year.
Pa. GOP lawmaker — and Trump ally — Mastriano initiates ‘forensic investigation’ into state elections
By: Marley Parish, Stephen Caruso and Cassie Miller - July 7, 2021
Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, said Wednesday that he had sent letters to “several counties” asking for “information and materials” needed to conduct a “forensic investigation” of the 2020 general election and the 2021 primary.
A national park for Pa. and N.J.? Supporters of a new proposal say it’s possible and long overdue
By: Cassie Miller - July 5, 2021
“Where else would you put it?” Miles asked. “If you need a national park, I’m not sure where else would be a good place to put it.”
Who needs the Mouse? Pennsylvania is your destination for fun | The Numbers Racket
By: Cassie Miller - July 5, 2021
When you think of fun states, what states come to mind? California? New York? Florida? If one of the top 10 states that comes to mind isn’t Pennsylvania, well, you’d be wrong, according to a new survey. At the height of vacation season, WalletHub, a personal finance website, conducted a survey using 26 different metrics, […]
Traveling this July 4 holiday weekend? You’re not the only one | Five for the Weekend
By: Cassie Miller - July 3, 2021
Whatever and wherever your plans are this July 4 holiday weekend, expect crowds. People will be hitting the road in large numbers.
How Biden’s expanded endangered species protections help Pa. birds
By: Cassie Miller - June 30, 2021
When the Biden administration announced changes to the Endangered Species Act earlier this month that expanded protections for more than 2,500 species across the nation, such familiar Pennsylvania backyard birds as warblers, robins and sparrows, also indirectly benefited. Because many bird species are ecological indicators of an environment’s wellbeing, the expanded protections underscore the need […]
Left out of state budget, Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement will ‘maintain minimum services’ with Ag funds
By: Cassie Miller - June 29, 2021
The bureau had been the recipient of a $1.2 million supplemental transfer a year prior.
Survey: Young Americans want more action on addressing climate change | The Numbers Racket
By: Cassie Miller - June 28, 2021
Seventy-one percent of Millennials and 67 percent of Gen Zers say that climate change should be a priority to ensure a sustainable planet for future generations, according to the report.
Trading one pest for another: Goodbye, cicadas; Begone, spotted lanternflies! | Five for the Weekend
By: Cassie Miller - June 26, 2021
Happy weekend, all. Just when you think the bug parade across Pennsylvania has ceased, (bye, Cicadas!) pests like the nymph stage Spotted Lanternflies (SLF), pictured above, make their appearance. I had the misfortunate of discovering SLFs at my home in Lebanon County this week, which means I spent most of the week plotting their demise. According to the […]
After more than a year, Pa’s mask mandate ends Monday
By: Cassie Miller - June 25, 2021
As of Friday afternoon, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccine tracker confirmed that 75 percent of adult Pennsylvanians had received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 59.5 percent of adult Pennsylvanians are fully vaccinated, according to CDC data.
Nellie Bly push loses steam, funding source as budget negotiations continue
By: Cassie Miller - June 24, 2021
Gov. Tom Wolf’s second attempt at creating the Nellie Bly Scholarship Program, a potential lifeline for students at Pennsylvania’s 14 state-system schools with unmet financial need, will likely not be part of the fiscal 2021-22 state budget, its sponsor says.