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Henry County is dealing with the loss of a local leader.
Authorities say 77- year old George Barker shot and killed his wife and then turned the gun on himself.
The incident happened yesterday at the couple's home in Axton.
Barker had been a member of the Henry County Public Service Authority since 1987.
He also served a two year term on the board of supervisors in the 1960's and was credited with helping bring water to hundreds of homes in the Axton community.
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[SUPER=01-Tim Hall/Henry Co. Spokesman;]
((THE PSA BOARD JUST MET MONDAY NIGHT AND GEORGE WAS PART OF THAT MEETING WAS HIS TYPICAL SELF ASKED SOME QUESTIONS, OFFERED HIS OPINIONS, IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE THAT A DAY AND A HALF LATER HE'S NO LONGER WITH US.))
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Friends and associates say Barker-- who was a proud man-- may have become despondent over his wife's Alzheimer's disease.
Lynchburg officials are expected to respond later today to a recent survey that says police officers have little confidence in their police chief, his command staff or city leaders.
Many of those who responded said Chief Charles Bennett was out of touch with the department.
But the most negative comments were aimed at Bennett's command staff-- which many accused of promoting and disciplining officers using the "good ol' boy network" and "favoritism".
55- percent of the officers said they were looking for another job-- citing low morale as the main reason, along with poor pay and benefits.
Nearly one third of those who responded also felt the police department was NOT doing a good job of protecting citizens.
For first time in more than 30 years Danville has to choose a new police chief ...
And black leaders say it's time for an African American.
Neal Morris will retire in May, ending his reign as Virginia's longest-serving police chief.
He's led the department for 31 years ... marked by occasional criticism from members of the black community.
Leaders of Danville's Southern Christian Leadership Conference say they'll miss working with Morris, but they view his retirement as an opportunity.
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((REV. WILLIAM AVON KEEN/DANVILLE SCLC PRESIDENT: OVER THE YEARS THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY HAS BEEN EXCLUDED IN THE HIGHER POSITIONS AND ONE POSITIVE STATEMENT THAT CAN BE MADE IS TO GET A QUALIFIED AFRICAN AMERICAN MALE TO COME INTO THIS POSITION AND HE CAN ACTUALLY HAVE AN IMPULSE ON THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY.))
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Danville's City Manager hopes to name the Chief's replacement before he retires on May 31st.
A statewide task force established in the wake of 9-11 meets later today in Roanoke.
It's called "The Secure Virginia Initiative Panel" .. created by Governor Warner to assess the state's preparedness for emergencies and disasters of all kinds, including terrorism.
The panel's day should include hearing from area first responders .. and discussion of how to implement the new "Threat Warning System."
Another word of caution to Americans, even beyond the U-S border--
The latest audio tape from Osama bin Laden has prompted U-S officials to issue a worldwide terror warning.
The state department says terrorist could target Americans anywhere around the globe.
The government is also concerned about another deadly attack, like the one in Indonesia last month.
As NATO expands its membership, President Bush is working to expand support for the U-S, SHOULD there be a war with Iraq.
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Seven former Communist countries today become Soviet block members of NATO.
And while the President is welcoming the new nations, he's also asking for help from old allies.
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(("IF THE COLLECTIVE WILL OF THE WORLD IS STRONG, WE CAN ACHIEVE DISARMAMENT PEACEFULLY"))
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The assistance would come in the form of troops and military hardware.
One White House official says Bush has quietly contacted 50 countries.
This morning, the President met with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, whose military is considering the request.
In sports, Virginia Tech has not lost three games in a row in a single season since 1992.
That streak came to an end last night in Blacksburg against West Virginia.
Fans packed Lane Stadium... even if it was a work-night.
The night started off well, as Lee Suggs broke an N-C-A-A record... scoring a touchdown in 24 straight games.
But the Mountaineers answered, and carried a 21 to 16 lead into the fourth quarter.
West Virginia's defense sealed the win in the fourth quarter.
With fewer than 20 seconds left... Tech quarterback Brian Randall is picked off in the end zone.
West Virginia wins it 21 to 18.
Now let's check the scoreboards.
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In business news, Stocks closed sharply higher as the market staged a strong rally following major losses earlier in the week.
Jean Lee has that story and more in this morning's Marketwatch.
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((A NICE MID WEEK RALLY FUELED BY TECH STOCKS. LET'S SHOW YOU THE CLOSING
THE DOW SOARED 148 POINTS, LIFTED BY TECH COMPONENTS MICROSOFT AND INTEL.
THE NASDAQ TACKED ON MORE THAN 3- PERCENT, ADDING 44 POINTS.
Hewlett-Packard pleased the Street in a big way with its most recent
earnings. The technology company more than tripled its results from a year
ago, thanks to cost-cutting, and strong sales of printing and imaging
BIOGEN WHICH DIPPED TUESDAY ON AN ANALYST DOWNGRADE, TURNED RIGHT AROUND,
FINISHING UP NEARLY 10-PERCENT, ON AN UPGRADE FROM LEHMAN BROTHERS.
THE MAJOR AIRLINES HAVE BEEN LOSING A LOT OF TRAFFIC TO LOW FARE CARRIERS
SUCH AS SOUTHWEST AND JET BLUE. ONE CARRIER SAID IN EFFECT IF YOU
CAN'T BEAT EM JOIN EM.
DELTA ANNOUNCED PLANS TO LAUNCH AN ALL 757 LOW PRICE SUBSIDIARY. FARES WILL
RUN BETWEEN 79 AND 229 DOLLARS EACH WAY, INITIALLY THE AS YET UN-NAMED
CARRIER WILL OPERATE BETWEEN POPULAR FLORIDA CITIES AND MAJOR CITIES IN THE
BIG LABOR'S TARGETING WAL MART...WITH A SERIES OF DEMONSTRATINS IN 40 CITIES
TODAY (THURSDAY). WAL MART HAS STUBBORNLY REFUSED TO LET IT'S WORKERS ORGANIZE -- DESPITE 5 YEARS OF NEGOTIATIONS.
K-MART IS DENYING A PUBLISHED REPORT THAT IT MAY CLOSE SOME 500
UNDERPERFORMING STORES. THE COMPANY SAYS STORE CLOSINGS ARE UNDER
CONSIDERATION BUT THE NUMBER HAS NOT BEEN DETERMINED.
GET MORE AT CBS DOT MARKETWATCH DOT COM.
AT THE NASDAQ MARKETSITE, I'M JEAN LEE.))
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A hostage standoff in Baltimore ends in the deaths of two people--
More than four hours after a man took his ex- girlfriend hostage, police moved in and discovered the bodies of the suspect and the woman he's believed to have taken hostage.
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((RAGINA AVERELLA/BALTIMORE POLICE DEPARTMENT: WHEN THE OFFICERS ARRIVED, THEY WERE MET BY 2 JUVENILES WHO INDICATED TO THEM THAT INSIDE WAS THE MOTHER'S EX-BOYFRIEND, ARMED
WITH A GUN. ))
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As they approached the home, the officers heard several shots being fired.
Police also found a seven- year- old boy inside the home.
Authorities say the child appears to be un- harmed.
School children are among the casualties in a bus explosion in Jerusalem.
Authorities say a suicide bomber set off the explosives during morning rush hour.
At least 11 people are said to have been killed.
Dozens of others are wounded.
A reporter for Israel Radio says children's sandwiches and
schoolbooks lie scattered in the street.
There's been no claim of responsibility but Israel blames the attack on Palestinians.
It doesn't look like the controversy surrounding the D-M-V closings is going to go away anytime soon.
Last month, Governor Mark Warner closed a dozen D-M-V offices as part of an effort to balance the state's budget.
Some GOP lawmakers say it is more than a coincidence that eleven of the twelve offices closed are in Republican districts.
The governor says the decision as to which locations were closed was made by the D-M-V.
He says Republicans "can't have it both ways."
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The governor also says he expects the U-S Department of Justice to approve the closings.
In order to comply with the Voting Rights Act, Virginia must receive clearance that closing D-M-V offices will not harm minority voting rights.
A controversial pipeline through Virginia got the green light from the federal government.
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Duke Energy now has approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to build a 95-mile natural gas pipeline.
It is called the Patriot Extension.
It would begin in Wythe County and end in Rockingham County North Carolina.
The line will run along and extend an existing pipeline operated in Virginia and Tennessee by Duke subsidiary East Tennessee Natural Gas.
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For the first time since 1992, Virginia Tech has lost three straight games in the Big East conference.
Last night, the Hokies lost to West Virginia 21-to-18 as the Mountaineers picked up their first win in Blacksburg in a decade.
Mike Stevens has the story from Blacksburg.
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