TransCanada VP to testify in hearing
An official with TransCanada Corp. plans to testify on a measure that would abandon state-sanctioned efforts to advance his company's pipeline project absent proof the project is economical.
The bill's scheduled for its first hearing Friday. TransCanada spokesman Shawn Howard said Tony Palmer plans to testify and that the company reserves comment on the bill until then.
Palmer is vice president of major projects development for TransCanada.
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The bill was proposed after TransCanada missed a self-imposed target for securing agreements with gas shippers. The state promised TransCanada up to $500 million to advance a project but bill supporters say they don't want to put more money into the project if it isn't economically feasible.
Howard said that negotiations continue. He wouldn't say whether talks have been fruitful, only that they're ongoing.
Neuman leaves Juneau to tend sick mother
An Alaska lawmaker is returning to Wisconsin to spend time with his ailing mother.
It was announced Friday that state Rep. Mark Neuman was absent from the House Finance Committee hearing to tend to a family emergency.
Neuman aide Rex Shattuck said he's not sure how long Neuman will be gone. He said Neuman is very close to his family but struggled with what to do in the waning weeks of the legislative session.
Neuman, a Republican from Big Lake, is being replaced on the finance committee for the time being by Rep. Mike Hawker of Anchorage.
Thompson and wife welcome a new son
State Rep. Steve Thompson is a new dad.
Rep. Craig Johnson told reporters Monday that Thompson and his wife, Kathleen, had a baby boy this past weekend. Thompson, a Republican from Fairbanks, left Juneau Friday to be with his wife.