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GIVE ’EM A BREAK In hospitals across the country, a majority of NURSES work 12-hour shifts. But do consecutive 12-hour shifts actually impair a nurse’s work with patients and increase fatigue? That’s the question that a team led by Lois James (pictured), a researcher at the Washington State University College of Nursing, is trying to answer with a $1 million federally funded study on nurses’ work shifts. She’s hypothesizing that consecutive 12-hour nursing shifts lead to poorer performance, that the 12-hour night shifts impair nurses even more and that it could put nurses at a greater risk while driving to and from work. If she’s wrong, that’s still important information, James tells the Inlander. “No matter what we find we’ll be providing valuable information,” James says. “There’s not a chance of this experiment failing.” (WILSON CRISCIONE)

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THE GOAT IS THE G.O.A.T. Yes, yes, the city wants you to know that the meticulously crafted LOOFF CARROUSEL, the 109-year-old Spokane landmark in Riverfront Park, has been completely restored and placed in a glass rotunda and is scheduled to open this Saturday. Yes, a gorgeous boardwalk has been added around the Carrousel’s facility allowing you to get down directly into the water. But don’t let that distract you from the far more important news: The Garbage-Eating Goat is back and ready to eat all the garbage you can feed it. So come to Riverfront Park for the Carrousel, but stay for the Garbage-Eating Goat. (DANIEL WALTERS)

OH, THANK HEAVEN Parents who owe child support in Washington and want to pay cash now have another option for turning in their payment: 7-Eleven. The state has partnered with vendor PayNearMe to accept cash for CHILD SUPPORT payments at the convenience stores because, well, they’re convenient. While parents can already pay in cash at Department of Social and Health Services offices, their work and travel schedules might not line up with those hours, whereas most 7-Eleven locations are open late or 24 hours a day, every day of the week. To make payments at the stores, parents will need to set up an account through PayNearMe and either bring in a printed barcode or show their barcode on a smartphone when paying. There is also a $1.99 transaction fee. (SAMANTHA WOHLFEIL)

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