Judge rules governor must testify in trial

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear will have to take the stand in a federal bid-rigging trial scheduled for next month.

But U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves said he may reconsider that decision if the governor's schedule makes it difficult for him to appear in court.

Prosecutors want to call Beshear to testify against three men accused in the bid-rigging scheme. Road contractor Leonard Lawson, former Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert and Lawson employee Brian Billings are accused of conspiring to steer some $130 million worth of construction contracts to Lawson's companies. All three have pleaded not guilty.

Reeves also said he will release portions of a transcript from a May hearing that The Courier-Journal and the Lexington Herald-Leader had objected to being closed.

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