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Kentucky's health care exchange, kynect, has newly enrolled 3,000 people in health coverage the past three weeks, and the state says more than 114,000 Kentucky residents have enrolled or renewed plans since open enrollment began eight weeks ago.

The state has a new program designed to encourage small business and economic growth.  It's called VenCap Kentucky and it provides venture capital funding to companies that have a lead investor but need additional support. It uses U.S. Treasury funds to match the private investment up to $500,000.

A Kentucky health official says 26 people have died in the state as a result of the flu this season.  Public Health Deputy Commissioner Kraig Humbaugh said Thursday that the flu outbreak is at a widespread level statewide for the fifth straight week.

Environmental groups are going to court to argue that Kentucky and West Virginia are doing a poor job of enforcing federal clean water rules.

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear will give his final State of the Commonwealth address Wednesday night before a joint session of the Kentucky General Assembly.  This is the last year of Beshear's second term as Kentucky's governor. He cannot seek re-election because of term limits.

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Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome, along with Bayern and Main Sequence, are finalists for Horse of the Year at the Eclipse Awards.

Authorities say a Kentucky lawmaker has been charged with driving under the influence after being stopped by a state police officer in Frankfort.  Kentucky State Police Sgt. Michael Webb says Republican Sen. Brandon Smith of Hazard was stopped by the state trooper for speeding at about 9 p.m. EST Tuesday.

Rep. Greg Stumbo of Prestonsburg was re-elected to a fourth term as Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives.  Stumbo was the only person nominated and was elected by acclimation. The former state attorney general ousted former Speaker Jody Richards of Bowling Green in 2009 and has held the office ever since.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says President Barack Obama is obstructing the change American voters want by threatening to veto the first bill introduced in the new, Republican-controlled Senate.

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Former state Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott says he is running for governor.  Scott said Tuesday he will disclose his running mate at his official campaign kickoff next week.