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Cate Folsom

Cate Folsom

Editor-in-Chief Cate Folsom has more than 40 years of experience in daily journalism, spending the bulk of that time at the Omaha World-Herald. She worked in various roles, including features writer, copy editor, Washington Bureau reporter, assistant city editor, investigative team editor, metro-regional editor and editorial page editor. She has led numerous award-winning reporting efforts, including investigations that triggered resignations of state officials and reforms in state law. Cate, an Omaha native, was inducted into the Omaha Press Club Hall of Fame in 2018.

Another commercial flock in Nebraska infected by avian flu

By: - November 28, 2022

OMAHA — The highly contagious, lethal avian influenza has struck another commercial flock in Nebraska, the state Department of Agriculture has reported. The disease affected a flock of 1.8 million laying hens in Dixon County, officials said. That increases the total number of flocks affected in Nebraska to 13 and the number of birds affected […]

Nearly 5 million domestic birds affected by deadly avian flu in Nebraska this year

By: - October 24, 2022

OMAHA — Twelve cases of a highly contagious and deadly avian flu have now been confirmed in Nebraska this year.  The disease has affected nearly 5 million chickens, gamebirds and other poultry in the state, in both commercial and backyard flocks. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture, working with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service […]

Avian flu strikes a flock of 2.1 million laying hens in Knox County, Nebraska

By: - April 27, 2022

A seventh, and so far the largest, Nebraska poultry flock has been infected by the highly contagious and deadly bird flu that is spreading across the country again this year. The latest infection struck a flock of more than 2.1 million laying hens in Knox County, according to the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. The department […]

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Ricketts pushes back on claims that GOP ‘establishment’ was behind groping claims against Herbster

By: and - April 18, 2022

LINCOLN — Gov. Pete Ricketts pushed back Monday against claims that the Republican “establishment” was to blame for allegations by eight women that they had been groped by gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster.  “I would say, just read the article,” the governor said, referring to the Nebraska Examiner’s report last week. Also Monday, three state senators […]

Deadly avian flu strikes Nebraska flock of 570,000 in Butler County; in Iowa, virus struck earlier this year than in 2015

By: and - March 22, 2022

A deadly strain of avian influenza has been confirmed in a flock of 570,000 broiler chickens in Butler County, Nebraska state agricultural officials said Tuesday. It was the first case confirmed this year in a commercial flock in the state. The virus, called highly pathogenic avian influenza, or HPAI, spreads easily among birds, through manure as […]