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Lawson contacted witness about testimony

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A former Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
official who cooperated with the investigation of an alleged
bid-rigging scheme says he felt threatened by an influential road
contractor who is now on trial.

Jim Rummage testified Tuesday that he felt threatened by
contractor Leonard Lawson, who had contacted him about testifying
in the case.

Lawson and former Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert have
pleaded not guilty to using confidential bidding information to get
companies controlled by Lawson $130 million in construction
projects. Rummage testified last week that he supplied the
information.

Jurors in U.S. District Court on Tuesday also heard more
recordings of Rummage and Lawson talking after Rummage began
cooperating with the FBI in 2008. Lawson tells Rummage at one point
that Rummage would "be safe" if he selected an attorney
handpicked by Lawson and chose not to testify in the case.

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