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Bid rigging trial continues in Lexington

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A prosecutor and defense attorney sparred over the credibility of a key witness during opening statements in the bid-rigging and obstruction of justice trial of a Kentucky road contractor and former state Cabinet secretary.

The case against former Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert and highway contractor Leonard Lawson began Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Lexington. Prosecutors allege the pair schemed to steer some $130 million in state road construction projects to Lawson's companies.

Nighbert and Lawson have pleaded not guilty.

Opening statements focused largely on former state highway engineer Jim Rummage, who prosecutors say was bribed for delivering confidential bids to Lawson. The defense says Rummage wrongly implicated the two men to keep himself out of legal jeopardy.

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