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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.

Your Capital-Star voting resources for the May 17 primary election | Five for the Weekend

By: - April 23, 2022

May 2 is the deadline to register to vote, if you are not already registered.

28 orgs call on DEP to ‘strengthen’ proposed PFAS rule ahead of April 27 deadline

By: - April 20, 2022

The four-page letter delivered to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on Wednesday, was signed by 28 advocacy groups, including the Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania, Clean Water Action, PennEnvironment and the Pennsylvania chapter of the Sierra Club.

Pa.’s unemployment rate fell to 4.9 percent in March

By: - April 18, 2022

Department of Labor & Industry data confirmed that the commonwealth’s March 2022 unemployment rate is 2.2 percentage points below its March 2021 unemployment rate.

The state of emissions in Pa. | The Numbers Racket

By: - April 18, 2022

In its 278-page 2021 Pennsylvania Climate Change Action Plan, the Department of Environmental Protection noted that as of 2017, the most recent year for which data were  available at the time of the report, Pennsylvania has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 19.2 percent - 6.8 percent away from its 2025 goal. 

These are the meaningful actions Pennsylvanians can take this Earth Month

By: - April 17, 2022

“There are many small but meaningful actions we can take to improve the health of the natural ecosystem we depend on,” Deborah Klenotic, a spokesperson for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection told the Capital-Star. 

Capital-Star Q+A: Nathan Reigner, Pa.’s first Director of Outdoor Recreation

By: - April 17, 2022

To learn more about him, the role, and the future of outdoor recreation in Pennsylvania, the Capital-Star joined Reigner on a hike in Weiser State Forest in northeastern Dauphin County.

Greener pastures: A look at state agencies’ sustainability efforts in 2021 | Five for the Weekend

By: - April 16, 2022

Some state agencies fared better than others when it came to energy use in 2021. 

POLL: Pennsylvanians support funding hike for parks, forests

By: - April 15, 2022

The poll, commissioned by the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation and conducted by Susquehanna Polling and Research between Feb. 21-27, 2022, surveyed 701 registered Pennsylvania voters across eight geographical areas statewide. The poll had a margin of error of +/-3.7 percentage points.

Lancaster Co. agricultural conservation project ‘unique’ in its approach to meet Chesapeake Bay pollution reduction goals

By: - April 14, 2022

Utilizing the state Conservation Excellence Grant, a part of the 2019 Pennsylvania Farm Bill designed to support farmers developing on-farm conservation practices, the partnering organizations said they have been able to provide local farmers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed with educational, financial and technical support for conservation best practices. 

More than 664K Pa. voters have applied for mail-in ballots ahead of primary election, Pa. says

By: - April 13, 2022

The 2022 primary election, which will decide each party’s nominees for all 203 state House seats, half of the 50-member state Senate, congressional seats, and the nominees for governor and lieutenant governor in the November general election, is Pennsylvania’s third primary election with the option for no-excuse mail-in ballots.

House passes bill banning transgender women from competing on women’s sports teams

By: , and - April 12, 2022

The upper chamber has already taken action on a similar proposal. Sens. Judy Ward, R-Blair, and Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York, introduced a companion bill in the Senate less than a week ago. It then advanced out of the Education Committee on Monday on a party-line vote.

Report: These Pa. counties received an ‘F’ for air quality | The Numbers Racket

By: - April 11, 2022

In 2021, the ALA compiled its 22nd edition of the report, finding that more than four in 10 Americans live in places with unhealthy levels of air pollution.