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Catharine Huddle

Catharine Huddle

Catharine Huddle is a long-time Lincoln, NE, journalist. She started her career at the Lincoln Journal in 1978, moving from the “death and weather girl” position to a reporter for the city desk to covering the state’s prison system. She was eventually promoted to weekend editor/assistant city editor for the newspaper, which is now known as the Journal Star.

She earned a bachelor of science degree in political science and awards including the Silver Gavel from the American Bar Association, the Thomas C. Sorensen Award and numerous Associated Press honors. She also has taught communications and journalism classes at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Huddle took a buyout from Journal Star owner Lee Enterprises in March 2017 and now works as a freelance editor and writer.

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Penn State aims to improve global health with food safety training

Like extension offices at land grant universities across the country, Penn State Extension offers classes on topics that include food safety. But the public research university is taking it a big step further. With a trial run in Armenia completed, Penn State wants to take its Extension Service’s food safety program international to combat conditions that… Continue Reading

State-by-state counts show Hepatitis illnesses up and down

Editor’s note: This is the companion story of a two-piece news package we are presenting today. The main story describes the ongoing, multi-state outbreak of Hepatitis A and how states are addressing it. Most case counts in both stories are as of April 30. However, some of the main outbreak states have since updated their counts,… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A outbreak definitely involves mainstream population

Editor’s note: This is the main story of a two-piece news package we are presenting today. The companion story includes additional information about Hepatitis A and a state-by-state breakdown of Hepatitis A cases. Most case counts in both stories are as of April 30. However, some of the main outbreak states have since updated their counts,… Continue Reading

Kentucky health officials respond aggressively to Hepatitis A

Public health officials in Kentucky are responding agressively to a Hepatitis A outbreak, and Dr. Jeffrey Howard, acting director of the state health department issued a statement Friday saying it’s still safe to travel to Kentucky. Howard mentioned the May 5 Kentucky Derby and urged people to come on down to Churchill Downs. “As you… Continue Reading

Food safety in the United Kingdom may take a hit with Brexit

Some experts worry that weakening already overstretched institutions responsible for ensuring food safety in Great Britain will lead to unsafe food as the country prepares to finalize its exit from the European Union. Brexit means the UK will need a stronger Food Safety Agency, they say, because the country will no longer be able to… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A: Indiana, Kentucky, Utah, Michigan and Canada

Indiana health officials have confirmed 10 cases of hepatitis A, including one restaurant worker. In Louisville, KY, officials say two more food handlers there have been diagnosed with the liver infection. The food handlers could have exposed the public to the highly contagious virus. There is a narrow window of opportunity for exposed customers and… Continue Reading

Frozen vegetable plant reopening 2 years after deadly outbreak

A former Pasco, WA, vegetable processing plant shut down last year after a deadly Listeria outbreak is reopening under new ownership and a new name. The plant was owned by CRF Frozen Foods and is set to reopen as a new joint venture between J.R. Simplot and CRF’s parent company, R.D. Offutt, according to the… Continue Reading

New Zealand officials remind people of the dangers of raw milk

New Zealand’s government is reminding people to be aware of the risks that come with drinking raw, unpasteurized milk. The country’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) posted the consumer notice recently, citing recalls. “We have seen a number of recent recalls of raw milk and it’s important that consumers remember and understand that there are risks… Continue Reading