ATLANTA -- West Virginia's attorney general has refused to sign off on the choice of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corp. as lead manager for a state School Building Authority refunding issue, citing a link between the firm and the Bill Collins extortion trial in Kentucky.

In a four-page letter dated Oct. 15, deputy attorney general Dawn E. Warfield informed state purchasing division director Ron Riley that she had decided to return contracts pending between the school authority and Donaldson following discussions with attorney general Darrell V. McGraw Jr.

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