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caption: A Great Blue Heron enjoys a meal on Friday, June 4, 2021, at the Ballard Locks in Seattle.
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A Great Blue Heron enjoys a meal on Friday, June 4, 2021, at the Ballard Locks in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Great blue herons have made their home at the Ballard Locks

Every year blue herons make their nests along the water in Ballard. And every year the Heron Habitat Helpers are there to assist. Ross Reynolds spoke to two of those volunteer helpers last week - father daughter pair Mike and Linda Marsh about why they spend their time helping blue herons. Plus, why prison populations are decreasing, if college athletes will ever be paid in Washington, and a radioactive musical.

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Why herons need habitat helpers

Every year blue herons make their nests along the water in Ballard. And every year the Heron Habitat Helpers are there to assist. Ross Reynolds spoke to two of those volunteer helpers last week - father daughter pair Mike and Linda Marsh about why they spend their time helping blue herons

Will Washington ever pay its student athletes?

Slowly, state after state has been allowing college athletes to profit financially from their popularity. Yesterday a US Senate Committee heard testimony that could help guide a nationwide law that lets athletes get paid. The chair of that committee is Washington Senator Maria Cantwell. Bill Radke spoke to Spokane Spokesman Review reporter Orion Donovan-Smith.

Why Washington’s incarcerated population is shrinking

Washington state prisons have been full for decades. But that's changing. Now, about 1 of every 5 prison beds is empty. Because of Covid, criminal justice reforms, and budget cuts. What kind of assistance do people need when they’re released from prison early? And will we continue to see Washington prisons shrink? Bill Radke spoke to Christopher Poulos, head of the Washington Statewide Reentry Council.

Why Washington’s incarcerated population is shrinking

Washington state prisons have been full for decades. But that's changing. Now, about 1 of every 5 prison beds is empty. Because of Covid, criminal justice reforms, and budget cuts. What kind of assistance do people need when they’re released from prison early? And will we continue to see Washington prisons shrink? Bill Radke spoke to Christopher Poulos, head of the Washington Statewide Reentry Council.