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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.

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.

When in doubt, fact check. And how to do it | Five for the Weekend

By: - March 13, 2021

Happy Weekend, all. And so ends another week. I hope you all had time to go out and enjoy the nice weather and warmer temperatures. Before you adjourn for the weekend, I wanted to share a few sources with you all for fact checking. I’ve been asked, “what’s a good way to fact check stuff […]

A different kind of quarantine: state officials track spotted lanternflies in 8 more counties

By: - March 10, 2021

The eight newly quarantined counties run from the state’s eastern border to its southwestern border and include Cambria, Cameron, Franklin, Lackawanna Montour, Pike, Wayne and Westmoreland counties. 

Wolf taps OB-GYN to serve as new Pa. Physician General

By: - March 8, 2021

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday that he has nominated a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist to serve as Pennsylvania’s next Physician General.  Dr. Denise Johnson, the former chief medical officer of Meadville Medical Center, in Crawford County, and past director of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape has been tapped to succeed Dr. Wendy Braund, who served […]

50 states, 50 tax burdens: Here’s how Pa. ranked | The Numbers Racket

By: - March 8, 2021

Wallethub then compared three types of taxes - property, income tax and sales and excise taxes across the 50 states to determine which states had the highest tax burden. 

‘When they don’t count us, we don’t count.’ LGBTQ leaders ask state health officials for more data on COVID-19 vaccinations

By: - March 7, 2021

Advocates say the data now being collected does not provide a clear picture of the state’s gender and orientation-diverse populations or how COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed among them. 

Waxing optimistic and looking forward to spring | Five for the Weekend

By: - March 6, 2021

Happy Weekend, all. With the current weather predictions showing highs in the 50s and 60s next week, I already feel a sense relief that better days are ahead (and certainly warmer ones). While I am feeling slight relief, I’m not sure if it’s due to spring’s impending arrival, the conclusion of my spring semester of […]

Pa., state electric vehicle scorecards show there’s room for improvement | The Numbers Racket

By: - March 1, 2021

The report identifies commendable efforts from states such as Virginia, which has established incentives for electric vehicles such as trucks and buses; and Minnesota, which has issued guidelines for utilities’ investment in charging stations and announced its intent to adopt California’s zero-emissions vehicle (ZEV) program.

How you can help Pa. wildlife in need | Five for the Weekend

By: - February 27, 2021

As we head into the weekend, I wanted to share a story from last weekend with all of you.

The story of all Pennsylvanians: How state experts are trying to make Pa.’s history more inclusive

By: - February 27, 2021

What began in 2018 as an effort to bring diversity, equity, inclusion and access practices into the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission (PHMC) has evolved into myriad efforts to “reflect the diversity of Pennsylvania’s history.”

Pa. Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement ‘unable to fulfill its mission’ state officials say, citing lack of funding increases

By: - February 25, 2021

During a briefing with reporters Wednesday, Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding repeated his August 2020 call for the Legislature to consider two bills that would end 24 years of idle funding by increasing dog license fees for an altered dog from $6.50 to $10 and lower the age of licensure from three months to eight weeks, the age at which many dogs move to their permanent homes.