Snow covers the ground on Lafayette Road/photo by Amber Belanger
National Weather Service in Paducah Warning Coordination Meteorologist Rick Shanklin was in the WHOP studios to talk about Severe Weather Awareness Week Wednesday, but also discussed this week's winter weather.
Shanklin says it's not exactly common for Western Kentucky to see spring-like weather and snow and ice within a couple days of each other, but it's not all together unprecedented.
Shanklin says as bad as the winter storm was, it could have been much worse if the forecasted heavy freezing rain had materialized and caused major power outages.
The test tornado drill was a success, as listeners to WHOP heard the Emergency Alert System break through as if there were an actual severe weather event. Shanklin says March is the beginning of the traditional severe weather season and now is a good time to go over your plan for what to do if an actual tornado warning is issued for your area.
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Someone recently stole over $4,000 worth of watercraft equipment from a West 7th Street address in Hopkinsville.
William Palmer of Cerulean told Hopkinsville Police three engines, trailer ramps, and other parts were stolen sometime between last Thursday and Saturday. No suspects are listed on the report and the investigation continues.
Hopkinsville Police are investigating an act of vandalism after someone recently vandalized a local man's Corvette.
The perpetrator used something to scratch the top and hood of a 1998 Chevy Corvette belonging to Tony Harris of Hopkinsville sometime between Sunday afternoon and Tuesday morning. The back window was also broken out of the car and the front Corvette emblem was torn off.
The incident happened at a Honeysuckle Drive residence and the investigation continues.
A Georgia based publication has ranked Kentucky fourth in the nation for per capita industry activity in 2013.
Site Selection magazine, an Atlanta-based publication, has rated states annually since 1978 on the total number of qualified projects as tracked by Conway Data Incorporated New Plant database.
This is also the first year the publication has ranked states on a per capita basis.
Governor Steve Beshear says the ranking reflects the state's dedication to economic growth, attracting new businesses and supporting the expansion of existing companies and reaching out to global markets through exporting.
According to the governor's office, 281 location or expansion announcements were reported last year in Kentucky, which resulted in over 14,000 projected new full-time jobs.
State officials also say capital investments were estimated at nearly $3.3 billion last year.