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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.

May Already? | Five for Your Weekend

By: - May 2, 2020

Under normal circumstances, we would all be busy planning and attending graduations and graduation parties, celebrating Mother's Day with loved ones and planning summer trips and backyard-gatherings, but instead, many of us are preparing to take our first steps back into a modified normal version of our lives. 

Bracing for the impact of climate change, local governments look to state for help

By: - May 1, 2020

Working with the state Department of Environmental Protection, local municipalities such as 13,500-person Indiana Borough , are putting plans in place to protect their communities from climate-related changes and disasters. 

50 cases algorithm ‘Just one piece of the puzzle’ for county reopening, Levine says

By: - April 30, 2020

During her daily briefing Thursday, state Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said the administration’s metric of 50 cases per 100,000 people over a 14-day period would be necessary, but “just one piece of the puzzle” for reopening. 

Wolf: ‘Lack of statistics’ hinders state Health Disparity task force’s efforts

By: - April 27, 2020

Earlier this month, Gov. Tom Wolf announced the creation of the COVID-19 Response Task Force for Health Disparity to address how COVID-19 affects Pennsylvania’s minority populations, but, so far, unreported race data threatens its progress. 

Which Pa. counties have the lowest tax burden? | The Numbers Racket

By: - April 27, 2020

Using the national median household income, coupled with relevant deductions and exemptions, SmartAsset was able to identify which of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties have the lowest tax burden, and which have the highest. 

Levine: ‘I don’t know’ when Pa. Health Dept. will respond to public records requests

By: - April 25, 2020

Pennsylvania's top public health official said other legal work related to the global pandemic is taking precedence over public records requests.

After the lockdown, a path forward | Five for Your Weekend

By: - April 25, 2020

The top five stories from this week.

Calling Wolf’s plan ‘progress,’ Toomey outlines his own plan to reopen Pa.

By: - April 23, 2020

Toomey’s proposal comes just a day after Wolf, a Democrat, unveiled his county-by-county approach to gradually lifting restrictions aimed at mitigating the spread of COVID-19. 

Lawmakers voice concern over unemployment compensation claims backlog

By: - April 20, 2020

Constituent complaints, Mullery said in a statement, are why he wrote to House Labor and Industry Committee Chairman Jim Cox, R-Berks, asking for a virtual hearing with state Labor and Industry Secretary Gerard Oleksiak. 

‘We’ve given up a lot’: Wolf says laying out plan for May 8 gradual reopening

By: - April 20, 2020

Speaking to journalists Monday, Wolf said his administration will use an “evidence-based,” region by region to approach the reopening.

March unemployment data shows COVID-19 impact in Pa. | The Numbers Racket

By: - April 20, 2020

The department’s data noted March numbers don’t show the entire picture since COVID-related closures did not affect the week from March 8 - 14. 

‘You’re putting yourselves at risk’ Levine tells protesters planning event at the Capitol next week

By: - April 16, 2020

As of midday Thursday, Pennsylvania saw 1,245 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s total number of cases to 27,735 in all 67 counties, with 707 confirmed fatalities.