Attorney General's office to lead ASU audit

The state Attorney General's office will take over an investigation into claims of questionable financial practices at Alabama State University. {}Attorney General Luther Strange says he will recuse himself from the investigation and has appointed District Attorney Chris McCool to serve as acting attorney general.A spokeswoman for Gov. Robert Bentley says the governor isn't extending a contract for Forensic Strategic Solutions to continue its audit into the university, which has been ongoing for about 16 months. Bentley ordered an audit on the university after its former president, Joseph Silver, claimed that the university was paying for contracts and didn't receive clear returns on the investments.Silver received $685,000 in a mutual separation agreement with the university after roughly three months on the job.