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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 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.

As COVID cases rise, health officials prep for vaccine rollout

By: - November 5, 2020

On Thursday, state health officials confirmed that new cases of COVID-19 reached a new daily high with 2,900 positive cases and 47 new deaths, bringing the statewide total to 220,566 cases in all 67 counties

Pa. Health Secretary Levine: COVID cases back to early pandemic highs

By: - November 2, 2020

The statewide total of COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic has now reached 211,996 with 8,823 dead.  

What’s on Pa.’s mind before Election Day? A new poll points the way | The Numbers Racket

By: - November 2, 2020

The poll surveyed 558 likely voters in Pennsylvania, including 268 Democrats, 229 Republicans and 61 independents. 

The Top Costumes in the U.S. and around Pa. | Five for your Weekend

By: - November 2, 2020

Happy Weekend, all. Or should we say Hallo-weekend? Curious what the top costumes are for 2020? Google Trends’ annual Fright Geist data shows us the top Halloween costume searches nationally. A classic, the witch, came holds the top seat, while dinosaur, Harley Quinn, rabbit and clown costumes rounded out the top five. Pennsylvania’s costume searches were all […]

How often are drop boxes emptied? Have there been cases of drop box vandalism in Pa.? | Election Mailbag

By: - October 30, 2020

Welcome back to the Capital-Star’s Election Mailbag: our weekly round-up of voting questions, crowdsourced from you – our readers.  We’re just four days away from the Nov. 3 general election, which means this will be our last installment of the Election Mailbag.  Before we dive in, if you’re still curious about the races and candidates […]

DEP: Nearly half of Pa. counties in drought watch

By: - October 28, 2020

The list of counties in a drought watch now includes: Armstrong, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Columbia, Cumberland, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Warren, and Wyoming counties.

In two Pa. towns, two very different results for LGBTQ equality

By: - October 28, 2020

Last week, the Pittsburgh City Paper reported that Sharpsburg Borough City Council rejected a nondiscrimination ordinance that would have created civil rights protections for LGBTQ individuals, among other things. 

Get to know Pa.’s Auditor General candidates: Nina Ahmad

By: - October 27, 2020

In an effort to help voters make an informed decision this Nov., the Capital-Star will be doing Q&A’s with all four candidates for the Office of the Auditor General, a statewide position currently held by Eugene DePasquale. 

The Nightmare before Election Day: A look at Halloween spending during a pandemic | The Numbers Racket

By: - October 26, 2020

The NRF has been logging historical data on Halloween spending plans since 2005, recording a steep drop in Halloween spending in 2009, during the Great Recession and highs in 2012 and 2017. 

Blacks, Hispanics more than twice as likely to experience financial pain from COVID-19 | The Numbers Racket

By: - October 19, 2020

The survey found that overall, one-in-four U.S. adults have had trouble paying their bills since the outbreak began, a third have dipped into their savings or retirement accounts, and about one-in-six have had to borrow money from friends or family members or got food from a food bank. 

DEP: 2019 was a big year for natural gas production in Pa. This is how big | The Numbers Racket

By: - October 12, 2020

From its report, DEP found that Pennsylvania produced its largest volume of natural gas in a single year to-date in 2019, recording 6.8 trillion cubic of natural gas produced.