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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 has an extensive background in magazine writing, editing and design. She is a graduate of Penn State University where she served as the campus newspaper’s photo editor. She 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. Follow her on Twitter: @Wordsby_CassieM.

Pa. Medicaid abortion case heads to state Supreme Court

By: - October 14, 2021

If the lawsuit were to succeed in removing the ban on Medicaid-covered abortions, Pennsylvania would join a list of more than a dozen states that already cover abortions through Medicaid, including neighboring states New Jersey and New York.

‘We have an opportunity here’: Pa. Redistricting Commission hears testimony on racial gerrymandering

By: - October 13, 2021

As part of its continued quest for input, the Pennsylvania Legislative Redistricting Commission heard from four expert witnesses and four citizen witnesses who testified about the importance in addressing such topics as voting dilution, cracking of communities, the packing of legislative districts and disenfranchisement. 

The need for fees? DCNR says ‘no’ to visitor fees for infrastructure repair costs

By: - October 12, 2021

The visit comes a week after Dunn made a stop at Shikellamy State Park in Northumberland and Union counties, which needs $56 million in repairs. All told, Pennsylvania’s 121 state parks need a total of $1.4 billion in infrastructure repairs and upgrades, but DCNR doesn’t have the money to pay for them. 

New PSP Deputy Commissioner makes history again as first Black woman to serve in role

By: - October 12, 2021

Lt. Col. Kristal Turner-Childs, who has served as a member of the Pennsylvania State Police since 1998, will serve as the deputy commissioner of staff for the state police and assist the commissioner in developing policies and procedures for the state’s law enforcement officers, Gov. Tom Wolf announced in a statement Tuesday. 

Pa.’s Highways, by the numbers | The Numbers Racket

By: - October 11, 2021

According to the 2020 Highway Statistics report, released this year by Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials, the Keystone state has many miles of highway for road warriors and joyriders to traverse. 

Here’s how you can support Pa. farmers this fall | Five for the Weekend

By: - October 9, 2021

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service survey, Pennsylvania’s agritourism sales average $27 million annually and increase income per operation by more than $38,000.

Pa. parks need $1.4B for infrastructure repairs, improvements, DCNR says

By: - October 8, 2021

Speaking from Shikellamy State Park, which needs some $56 million in upgrades, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said Friday that many parks in the aging system “are increasingly facing operating challenges because of infrastructure needs.”

Pa., three other states to share gun crime data in new collaboration against gun violence

By: - October 7, 2021

In a virtual press briefing Thursday, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed what’s known as a  memorandum of understanding authorizing the law enforcement agencies in the partnering states to share relevant gun crime data with each other in an effort to prevent gun crimes and violence as well as identify and apprehend traffickers and dealers of firearms. 

Pa. Health Dept.: More than 5K COVID-19 cases; More than 2,800 hospitalized

By: - October 6, 2021

As of Wednesday, there were 2,891 people hospitalized with COVID-19, according to state health data. Of that number, 675 patients with COVID-19 are in the intensive care unit.

Pa. hit liquor sales record in 2020-21 fiscal year | The Numbers Racket

By: - October 4, 2021

The record sales and revenue reported by the PLCB are , in almost all comparisons, a rebound from the 2019-20 fiscal year, which saw state-run liquor sales slump statewide as the stores closed for a portion of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Pa. DMVA administers service-connected blindness pension | Five for the Weekend

By: - October 2, 2021

October is Blindness Awareness Month in Pennsylvania, a condition affecting many Pennsylvanians, including veterans.

Dog law Senate bill ‘unlikely’ to move forward, aide to top Pa. senator says

By: - October 2, 2021

Despite a funding deficit more than two decades in the making, a bill to increase dog license fees and boost funding for Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Dog Law Enforcement, likely won’t see a vote this session.  Legislation (SB 232) sponsored by state Sen. Judy Schwank, D-Berks, in February, is unlikely to see a vote in the […]