Nicole Jennings

Nicole Jennings

Nicole Jennings graduated from Western Washington University in 2015 with a BA in history and minors in German and French. Before joining KIRO Radio, she worked as a journalist for two years at the Issaquah/Sammamish Reporter and spent eight months teaching English in Salzburg, Austria on a Fulbright fellowship. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, both attending and taking part in theatre, and going on runs around Green Lake. Follow Nicole on Twitter! @NicoleKIROFM

People quitting over vax mandate may qualify for unemployment benefits

Do people quitting their jobs over the vaccine mandate qualify for unemployment benefits? That all depends on a certain set of circumstances.
3 hours ago

Why you may still see some plastic bags after statewide ban

If you are still handed plastic bags at your local supermarket or the gift shop downtown, it doesn't necessarily mean the store owners are flouting the law.
1 day ago

More staff in hospitals reporting vaccination, but some losses still likely

Reports of vaccination are growing among staff of the state's hospitals, but there will likely still be cuts to services caused by staffing shortages.
2 days ago

Point Roberts grocery store owner ‘hopeful’ with border reopening

After 19 months without Canadian visitors, Point Roberts businesses are excited to welcome back the tourists on whom they rely.
6 days ago

Hospitals projected to lose 2-5% of staff after vaccine mandate takes effect

As the vaccine mandate deadline looms, hospitals across the state are predicting staff losses of 2-5% -- though some areas could be worse.
9 days ago

Vancouver woman warns public to be careful choosing long-term care insurance

As many Washington residents rush to sign up for private long-term care insurance plans, one woman is warning you to be careful what you sign.
13 days ago

Washington hospitals ‘optimistic’ ahead of deadline for health care worker vaccine mandate

Hospitals across the state are seeing an increase in health worker vaccination rates as the governor's mandate draws closer.
16 days ago

No positive reports of invasive species for summer tree-check effort

This year's annual Tree Check Month yielded promising results for the state's continued efforts at eradicating invasive species.
18 days ago

As situation in Point Roberts grows ‘dire,’ Gov. Inslee pushes for Biden to open border

As Point Roberts businesses hit 18 months with the majority of their customers locked out, Gov. Inslee calls on the federal government to reopen the border.
22 days ago

Washington hospitals lacking in monoclonal antibody treatment

Hospitals throughout Washington are desperately in need of more monoclonal antibody treatment -- but at the moment, it's in short supply.
26 days ago

End of summer doesn’t mean wildfire season is behind us

The State Fire Marshal's Office is reminding Washingtonians to still exercise precautions, as wildfire season will not be over for a few more weeks.
27 days ago

Idaho crisis impacts Washington hospitals’ ability to care for patients

As Idaho goes into crisis standards of care, Washington hospitals are feeling the burden. Transfers are putting further strain on the fragile system.
1 month ago

WSDA runs into challenges with third Asian giant hornet nest

The Washington State Department of Agriculture is currently in the middle of eradicating its third Asian giant hornet nest for the year.
1 month ago

How would crisis standards of care be enacted in Washington — and at what point?

At what point would Washington enact crisis standards of care -- and how would the designation happen? Health leaders explain the process.
1 month ago

Boaters asked to give space, slow down to help pregnant orcas in J-Pod

There's happy news for the Southern Residents as three orcas in J-Pod are pregnant. Boaters are reminded to go slow and leave extra space for the whales.
1 month ago

Federal investigation suspects tampering caused Custer derailment

The Federal Railroad Administration has released a report on the Custer derailment, identifying four potential causes of the crash.
1 month ago

Private long-term care insurance all but impossible to get ahead of new state tax

If you are planning to get private long-term care insurance in order to opt out of the new WA Cares tax, you may have a tough time.
1 month ago

Bellingham woman convicted of railroad sabotage, placing shunt on tracks

A Bellingham woman was convicted of railroad sabotage and found guilty of placing a shunt on train tracks, which can cause derailments.
1 month ago

State’s hospitals warn stroke, appendicitis patients seeing delayed care

Around the state, patients with serious disorders are experiencing delayed care because of the COVID-19 surge's strain on hospitals.
1 month ago

Port Hadlock restaurant says vaccine cards mandate puts burden on servers

A Mexican restaurant in Jefferson County says it will not follow the requirement to check vaccine cards at the door because it puts a burden on workers.
2 months ago

Highline Schools’ all-new Maritime High School opens in Des Moines

A first-of-its-kind high school for the Highline School District aims to give kids a hands-on education that will help prepare them for maritime careers.
2 months ago

Seattle area groups asking for volunteers to help arriving Afghan refugees

Local groups are looking for volunteers to help more than 100 Afghan refugees arriving in the Puget Sound. Learn how you can contribute.
2 months ago

Doctors: Washington likely needs 85-90% vaccination to defeat delta

Doctors around Washington say that the current vaccination rate is not enough to stem the tide of the delta variant as hospitals fill up.
2 months ago

Mobile gas stations at Seattle-area Safeway stores aim to save emissions, time

A new program at three Seattle-area Safeway stores allows people to access mobile gas stations with the goal of cutting down on time and emissions.
2 months ago