ATLANTA -- A legislative panel in Kentucky has concluded that state officials improperly chose a developer to oversee a $10 million bond-financed university project, and it called for tighter rules for awarding state contracts.

A report approved last week by the Capital Projects and Bond Oversight Committee of the state's General Assembly focused on allegations that the administration of Gov. Wallace Wilkinson showed favoritism in giving a contract to a developer that had pumped $58,000 into political campaigns waged by the governor and his wife. The governor's wife, Martha Wilkinson, ran for governor earlier this year before dropping out.

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