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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.

Abortion rights advocates. (Photo by Astrid Riecken/Getty Images).

Reproductive health advocates see a ‘major problem’ with anti-abortion centers post-Roe

By: - December 7, 2022

Reproductive health advocates are again sounding the alarm on so-called crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs), also referred to as anti-abortion centers, that provide non-medical prenatal services, and abortion alternatives to pregnant people.

Nearly $19M in student loan repayment awarded to Pa. substance use treatment, case management professionals

By: - December 5, 2022

To be eligible for the grant, candidates who were selected were required to demonstrate a minimum of two prior years of experience in the SUD field as well as agree to a service commitment of two additional years.

Pa. Broadband officials ask Pennsylvanians to review FCC maps

By: - December 5, 2022

The Pennsylvania Broadband Authority, which oversees the distribution of millions of dollars in federal funding for broadband expansion across Pennsylvania and approved a statewide expansion and access plan in November, said that “the allocation of funding for broadband deployment under the federal infrastructure law is dependent upon the map being accurate.”

Grant program to utilize $9M from opioid settlement for crisis services | Five for the Weekend

By: - December 3, 2022

State officials said the goal of the grant program is to "provide an additional mechanism for counties to invest in infrastructure, staffing, programming, and other necessary components to establish or expand crisis stabilization services."

Pa. broadband authority presents plan to improve high-speed internet access, infrastructure

By: - November 30, 2022

The plan noted that approximately “2.6 million Pennsylvania residents in 1.3 million, or 26 percent of households—including 25 percent of Latino and 35 percent of Black American Households —either do not have access to or have not adopted high-speed broadband or may lack the skills to effectively use it.”

Pennsylvania Capitol Building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Pa. environmental groups see hope, progress on the horizon in Harrisburg

By: - November 25, 2022

In addition to carbon capture, Szybist said pieces of environmental justice legislation, which have previously stalled in the General Assembly, could be reintroduced in a Democratic-controlled House with support from Democratic Gov.-elect Josh Shapiro.

Ag Secretary Redding: Shop local, support Pa. agriculture this Thanksgiving

By: - November 23, 2022

Redding also recognized the farmers and agriculture workers who put food on the tables of Pennsylvanians, and who make the commonwealth’s $132 billion agriculture industry tick. 

A heron is perched on a piling at sunrise on the Chesapeake Bay in Chesapeake Beach.

EPA: Pa. plan to reduce Chesapeake Bay pollution ‘doesn’t meet the partnership targets’

By: - November 22, 2022

In a statement issued on Monday, the EPA said that Pennsylvania was still falling short of its target goals despite increased funding for pollution-reduction projects in the most recent state budget. 

Wolf admin recognizes family caregiver month | Five for the Weekend

By: - November 19, 2022

Happy weekend, all.  State officials gathered at the Capitol this week to recognize November as National Family Caregiver Month. The month, Wolf administration officials said, “offers an opportunity to raise awareness of caregiving issues, educate communities, and increase support for” family caregivers. Pennsylvania Department of Drugs and Alcohol Secretary Jennifer Smith recognized the effect the […]

Pa.’s unemployment rate drops to record low of 4 percent

By: - November 18, 2022

The commonwealth’s October 2022 unemployment rate is 1.6 percentage points below its October 2021 unemployment rate, state data showed.

Pa. core samples to get new, $6M home

By: - November 18, 2022

The core samples, experts said, are important tools to understanding how Pennsylvania’s geology could support carbon capture and sequestration efforts.

Pa. appeals court hears oral arguments in fight over RGGI

By: - November 16, 2022

Petitioners in the cases, which included lawmakers and representatives from energy and labor groups, made their arguments to five of the court’s seven judges, in the hope that the court will find the state’s entrance into RGGI “unconstitutional,” and that the Wolf administration’s Department of Environmental Protection is “unauthorized” to oversee such an effort.