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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.

Affordable for whom? The cost of child care in Pa. | The Numbers Racket

By: - May 9, 2022

Child care should take up no more than 7 percent of a families’ income in order to be considered “affordable,” according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

House Dems to hold hearing on Pa.’s hemp industry | Five for the Weekend

By: - May 7, 2022

In 2021, the Pa. Agriculture Department reported that it issued 426 hemp growing permits.

With months left in tenure, Wolf admin official looking to make most of the time that’s left

By: - May 6, 2022

On Wednesday, Smith led a roundtable discussion with the agency’s Parent Panel Advisory Council, a group of parents from across the commonwealth who have first-hand experience parenting children affected by substance use and substance use disorders, and who make recommendations to DDAP regarding support services. 

State officials launch $10M program to help substance use disorder treatment professionals repay their student loans

By: - May 3, 2022

The Substance Use Disorder Loan Repayment Program, which is being administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, is accepting applications from treatment professionals as well as case management professionals with outstanding student loan debt. 

‘Not one more’: Labor leaders, state officials call for enhanced workplace safety standards

By: - May 2, 2022

Labor leaders and state officials gathered in Harrisburg on Monday to remember workers who have lost their lives on the job, and to call on the General Assembly to approve two pieces of legislation that would extend federal workplace safety protections to public-sector employees across the commonwealth. 

Study: Outdoor recreation spending in Pa. sees a boost in 2020 | The Numbers Racket

By: - May 2, 2022

The study, which was conducted by Southwick Associates for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, a national hunting, fishing, and conservation nonprofit, also found that statewide outdoor recreation spending totaled $58 billion in 2020. 

Civil rights group sues Harrisburg over public gathering restrictions | Five for the Weekend

By: - April 30, 2022

Happy weekend, all.  A national civil rights organization filed a federal lawsuit against Pennsylvania’s Capital City on Friday, alleging its “burdensome and expensive” permitting process is a violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments. The lawsuit, which was filed with the U.S. Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on Friday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, alleges […]

Senate probation reform bill faces pushback from advocates who say they prefer the status quo

By: - April 27, 2022

The bill, SB 913, which is currently before the House Judiciary Committee after passing the Senate in December, is based on several other pieces of previously introduced legislation.

‘All of us share a responsibility to guard against hate,’ Wolf says as Pa. marks Holocaust Remembrance Day

By: - April 27, 2022

“I owe my existence, the existence of my children to the Holocaust,” Schlossberg said. “This is a complicated legacy. There are traumas, the physical and psychological scars left by the agony that my grandparents suffered weighed on them, as it weighs on my mom, as it weighs on me."

House passes bill limiting Philly DA to two terms

By: - April 26, 2022

The bill, which now goes to the Senate for a vote, would limit the top prosecutor in Pennsylvania’s largest city – and only in Philadelphia – to two four-year terms. The proposal  appears to take aim at Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, a Democrat, who has been a target for GOP lawmakers.

Pa.’s litter problem | The Numbers Racket

By: - April 25, 2022

Of the total estimated litter on roadways, the study found that 186.2 million (37.1 percent) pieces were cigarette butts. Another 152.9 million (30.4 percent) pieces of litter were plastic, most prevalently plastic film and plastic beverage containers, according to the study. 

On Earth Day, volunteers gather at Flight 93 Memorial to renew the earth — and to remember

By: - April 23, 2022

'It’s like coming home,' said Ken Nacke, of Baltimore, whose brother was a passenger on Flight 93.