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Posted: Tuesday, April 04, 2000

Some water shut off today, Wednesday

JUNEAU - The city Water Utility has scheduled two outages this week. Water on Front Street and Second Street will be turned off today, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The CBJ Water Utility will be replacing hydrants between Bradley and D Street on Front and Second. After the water is turned back on, there may be air in the lines. Run the faucet on cold until the pipe's choking and coughing ceases.

Wednesday, due to waterline repair, water will be off from 10 a.m. to noon on Third Street between Franklin and Gold streets. Call 780-6808 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. for details.

House bans prison sexual contact

JUNEAU - A bill banning sexual contact between state corrections officers and inmates was approved 38-0 by the state House on Monday.

Rep. Eldon Mulder, an Anchorage Republican, said contact is already prohibited in administrative rules and House Bill 99 puts the requirement into law.

Mulder said the change would make the prohibition more definitive and easier to punish. Alaska is one of 10 states that does not have the prohibition in law.

The law also applies to contract employees of the Department of Corrections. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.

Bill would rename airport for Stevens

JUNEAU - Anchorage International Airport would be renamed to honor U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens under a bill approved Monday by the Senate.

The measure renaming the state-owned airport Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport was introduced by the Senate Rules Committee.

Stevens, a veteran Republican, was recently named Alaskan of the Century. Originally appointed by then-Gov. Walter Hickel after the death of Sen. E.L. Bob Bartlett in 1968, Stevens has been re-elected six times.

As chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Stevens has directed millions of dollars in federal money to Alaska.

The measure passed the Senate 14-1 and now moves to the House.



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