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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.

11 more counties added to Spotted Lanternfly quarantine

By: - March 25, 2022

The addition of Adams, Armstrong, Bedford, Centre, Fulton, Indiana, Lycoming, Mercer, Snyder, Union, and Washington counties brings 45 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties into the Spotted Lanternfly quarantine.

Pa.’s unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent in February

By: - March 25, 2022

Department of Labor & Industry data confirmed that the commonwealth’s February 2022 unemployment rate is 3.8 percent below its January 2022 level, and  2.2 percentage points below its February 2021 unemployment rate. 

COMMENTARY

Federal relief funds ‘critical’ to state park repair needs, DCNR says | Friday Morning Coffee

By: - March 25, 2022

In a visit to Westmoreland County's Keystone State Park earlier this week, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn continued her call for funds to address infrastructure needs across Pennsylvania's state park system.

COMMENTARY

Lawmakers ask Biden for new Chesapeake Bay funds in 2023 budget proposal | Thursday Morning Coffee

By: - March 24, 2022

The lawmakers argue that creating a new CRFI would help Bay States - those within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed - continue pollution reduction efforts in the agriculture and forestry industries in the hopes of meeting their "critical" 2025 deadline. 

Turnpike officials say travelers should plan ahead to avoid turnpike sticker shock this year

By: - March 23, 2022

Since then, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, the state agency that oversees the state’s toll roads, has directed travelers to the Pennsylvania Turnpike website for up-to-date toll rates and a toll calculator tool. 

DCNR, Bureau of Forestry urges caution as seasonal risk of wildfires increases

By: - March 22, 2022

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) warned residents on Tuesday that the spring months of March, April and May presented a heightened risk of wildfires across the commonwealth. 

A look at Women’s health in Pa. | The Numbers Racket

By: - March 21, 2022

While Women’s History Month is a time to reflect on the unique achievements and accomplishments of women of all races, ethnicities, creeds and orientations, it is also a time to discuss key issues affecting women in the United States and in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

Legislation suggests a new way to support Pa. Children’s Trust Fund | Five for the Weekend

By: - March 19, 2022

The bill was introduced by state Rep. Pamela A. DeLissio, D-Philadelphia, who is the minority chair of the PA House Children and Youth Committee and state Rep. Sheryl Delozier, R-Cumberland, who is the committee’s majority chair.

DOH cancer screening program offers free services to low, moderate-income patients

By: - March 17, 2022

Known as The Pennsylvania Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (PA-BCCEDP), the screening program offers free breast and cervical cancer detection services through the Pennsylvania Department of Health and is funded using grant money from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Deep in Bedford Co., Pa. protects its 19th old-growth forest

By: - March 16, 2022

The area, which covers more than 1,500 acres in Sweet Root Natural Area near Chaneysville in Bedford County, was recognized this week as the commonwealth’s newest, old-growth forest.

‘Something needs to change’: Wolf admin, Casey, state lawmakers call for action on wage gap

By: - March 15, 2022

Calling unequal pay practices “antiquated” and “absurd,” Pennsylvania First Lady Frances Wolf  didn’t mince words about the importance of pay equity in the commonwealth. 

State park entrance fees across the nation. How does Pa. stack up? | The Numbers Racket

By: - March 14, 2022

And while Pennsylvania’s state parks are free to visitors, did you know that just nine states have completely fee-free state parks?