New Indictment Issued In Bid-Rigging Case

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A grand jury has issued a superseding indictment in a bid-rigging investigation involving contracts awarded by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

The indictment simply replaces a previous one returned in September. It still charges road builder Leonard Lawson, former Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert and Lawson aide Brian Billings with steering state highway contracts to Lawson's companies.

Prosecutors sought the superseding indictment at the direction of a federal judge who wanted some quotes to be removed. The eight-count indictment contains only minor revisions, including the deletion of two charges that a judge dismissed on Tuesday.

The three men have pleaded not guilty in a previous arraignment. They are tentatively scheduled for re-arraignment on Thursday.

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