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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.

Attorneys for Equity Forward, Real Alternatives make their arguments in court over open records

By: - March 7, 2022

“This is not DHS’s money,” Voss, of Philadelphia-based Kleinbard LLC, told the court, noting that service providers are free to use state grant funding however they please, including by giving it back to Real Alternatives, if they choose.

A majority of Americans haven’t heard about redistricting in their state | The Numbers Racket

By: - March 7, 2022

A survey by the Pew Research Center found that 85 percent of Americans said they have heard a little or nothing at all about legislative redistricting in their state.

Pa. eligible for $26.5M to reclaim abandoned mine land, Wolf says | Five for the Weekend

By: - March 5, 2022

The $26.5 million is in addition to the $244.9 million announced by Wolf last month from the federal, bipartisan Infrastructure Law. 

‘It’s an ‘and’ discussion’: Agriculture boss Redding seeks compromise at budget hearing

By: - March 3, 2022

Reflecting on the Department of Agriculture’s appearance before the committee with the Capital-Star, Redding said he was trying to move people away from a “one-dimensional” concept of agriculture. 

Pa. Budget 2022: DCNR says $638M budget ask will add staff, address aging infrastructure

By: - March 3, 2022

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn told the Senate Appropriations Committee that her agency would use the funds to address current infrastructure needs, which total more than $1.4 billion, according to the department, and complete other recreation and conservation projects.

Health care providers, state officials tout new initiatives to combat rise in maternal mortality

By: - March 1, 2022

In Pennsylvania, pregnancy-related deaths grew by more than 21 percent in the five years between 2013 and 2018, officials said.

‘Wrong, hurtful, dangerous’: LGBTQ advocates want Chambersburg’s anti-discrimination ordinance reinstated

By: - February 28, 2022

The Pennsylvania Coalition for Trans Youth said it will voice its concerns over the reversal at council’s first meeting since the anti-discrimination ordinance was repealed in late January after being on the books for just four months. 

Majority of Americans say affordable housing is a problem | The Numbers Racket

By: - February 28, 2022

Forty-nine percent of respondents to the Pew study said that affordable housing is a major problem in their local community, while another 36 percent said it was a minor problem in their local community. 

Court date set for watchdog group, anti-abortion group in years-long battle for records

By: - February 27, 2022

Oral arguments in the case pitting watchdog and reproductive rights group Equity Forward against Real Alternatives, a Harrisburg-based contractor that’s received tens of millions of dollars in public funding, are set to begin March 7 in Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court.

Backlog hampers renewable energy projects, industry group says | Five for the Weekend

By: - February 26, 2022

The AEE release argues that energy projects are getting stuck waiting - sometimes years - for approval by PJM Interconnection LLC, a Norristown-based regional electricity transmitter, that signs off on all regional energy projects needing to connect to the grid. 

Pa. courts system says it intends to ‘fully comply’ with ADA, following DOJ letter detailing violations

By: - February 25, 2022

The DOJ letter followed a federal investigation that was sparked by three legal complaints - two in Jefferson County and one in Northumberland County - where complainants alleged that the courts required them to stop taking treatment medication for Opioid Use Disorder in order to graduate from drug court programs.

Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs Secretary Jen Smith

Wolf admin directs federal grant dollars to services for pregnant Pennsylvanians with addiction

By: - February 23, 2022

The funding is part of $55M in federal money awarded to Pennsylvania, according to DDAP.