Ala. governor will sign unbid computer contract

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley says he will sign an unbid, $13 million computer contract with a firm that has no business phone listing or Web site.

The Senate Democratic Caucus called on Riley on Tuesday to stop the contract with Paragon Source. But Riley announced a short while later in Birmingham that he's going ahead with the no-bd deal. The Republican governor said a committee of top officials in the state Finance Department recommended the contract. He said he has no political connection to Paragon Source and has never received campaign contributions from it.

Members of the Senate Democratic Conference are questioning whether the company is qualified because it operates from a home and has no Web site or phone listing.

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