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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.

$15M in grant funds headed to substance use disorder treatment providers for pandemic response

By: - February 18, 2022

The grant funding, which amounts to more than $15 million, can be used to “minimize the spread of COVID-19," officials said Friday.

‘No one is immune’: DDAP encourages Pa. workers, health care workers, to invest five minutes to better understand addiction

By: - February 15, 2022

The online learning platform, known as Just Five, launched in May 2021 as a way to improve Pennsylvanians' understanding of addiction and substance use disorder, reduce the stigma surrounding the disease, and provide individuals with helpful resources. 

‘We’re almost at a crisis point’: DCNR reiterates $1.4B in infrastructure needs at state parks, forests

By: - February 14, 2022

With budget talks set to begin in the House Tuesday, Norbeck is hopeful that DCNR’s continued calls for action will be heard, citing a “convergence of understanding” gleaned from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

A survey, the findings, and a tweet about income | The Numbers Racket

By: - February 14, 2022

According to a September 2021 report from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Median household income of Americans in 2020 was $67,521. A 2.9 percent decrease from the previous year’s media of $69,560. 

Wolf signs Alzheimer’s, dementia ‘toolkit’ bill into law | Five for the Weekend

By: - February 12, 2022

“Our state’s aging population is one of the largest in the country, and it will only continue to grow. Legislation like this, which directly addresses the needs of Pennsylvania residents and establishes a foundation for future collaboration and intervention, are really where we see promise in Pennsylvania’s ability to address, and hopefully, curtail this public health crisis," Jennifer Ebersole, director of state government affairs for the Alzheimer’s Association said.

Pa. one of three states piloting a mental health helpline for farmers, agriculture producers

By: - February 11, 2022

Speaking to reporters Friday, Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and state Sen. Elder Vogel, R-Beaver, who chairs the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, announced the availability of a new pilot mental health helpline, known as the AgriStress HelpLine, for those in the commonwealth’s agriculture industry. 

Despite proposed $3M transfer in Wolf’s budget, Dog Law Bureau would remain in deficit, Ag. Dept. says

By: - February 10, 2022

The dog license fee in Pennsylvania, which has not increased in more than two decades, has left the bureau unable to perform its duties, funding only basic operations. 

Pa. residents are ‘drinking better, not more’ driving liquor sales growth during pandemic, industry group says

By: - February 9, 2022

Nationally, super-premium spirits saw the fastest revenue growth in the 2020-21 fiscal year, with a growth rate of 82 percent from the super premium and high-end product categories. 

Here’s how Pa. politicians reacted to Gov. Wolf’s 2022 budget proposal

By: - February 8, 2022

(*This story was updated at 3:34 pm. on Tuesday 2/8/22 with additional comment.) Following Gov. Tom Wolf’s annual budget address Tuesday, state lawmakers and officials shared their thoughts on the administration’s $43.7 million 2022 budget proposal on social media and through official statements. Below are reactions from Pennsylvania politicians on Wolf’s budget address and proposal: […]

Justice Department finds Pa. courts in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act

By: - February 7, 2022

The DOJ found that several Pa. county courts ban medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder in drug, mental health and DUI court, as well as during probation and parole.

Resig-Nation: The states with the highest and lowest job resignation rates | The Numbers Racket

By: - February 7, 2022

To track those moves, last month, WalletHub, a personal finance website, released a report ranking all 50 states and the District of Columbia by their resignation rates. 

Are more green jobs headed for Pa.? | Five for the Weekend

By: - February 5, 2022

Green jobs are projected to grow 6.4 percent in Pa. over the next five years, according to a new report.