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ANCHOR=Keith

It's a busy news day: with a winter storm bearing down on us, the legislature reconvening in Richmond and reports of a major employer shutting down its Roanoke plant. Sports-Head
ANCHOR=Roy


In sports, Mike Stevens will check in from the Texas Speedway, Peter Uberroth is making an attempt to get back in baseball,
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and the new sod is being put down at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, the site of the Packers-Panthers N-F-C championship game.
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WX-Head
TALENT=Robin
SS=None


A bad mixture is due in later tonight with snow for starters and then freezing rain Thursday. Winter Storm Warning details next.

AMP


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=KHU
TAPE#96-103
GRAPHIC=Business Closing


AMP, Incorporated told its workers today that the plant on Hollins Road will shut down for good in March.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.


AMP makes connectors for computers in Roanoke County. The company- -based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania- -employs about 500 people in the Roanoke Valley.
One employee says management told the work force that some of the jobs will be moving to Greensboro, so at least a few employees may be transferred.
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ANCHOR=Keith
SS=Business Closing


No confirmation from the home office.

Winter-Storm


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=ssm
TAPE#96-101
GRAPHIC=Winter Storm


If it's true the best defense is a good offense, residents in central and southwest Virginia are ready for whatever Mother Nature throws at them tonight.

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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Lynchburg


At V-DOT offices across the region, trucks are being outfitted with spreaders and plows, ready to tackle whatever precipitation does fall.
Highway officials say they're ready for anything.
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((TOM RAMEY/VDOT RESIDENT ENGINEER: WHAT WE'LL DO THIS EVENING, IF THEY HAVEN'T ALREADY, ALL THE TRUCKS WILL BE LOADED WITH THE SPREADERS AND THE PLOWS AND THEN IF THEY NEED TO BE CALLED OUT SOMETIME DURING THE NIGHT, THE EQUIPMENT WILL BE READY AND THEY'LL JUST COME IN AND GET IN THEIR EQUIPMENT AND GO ON OUT.))
SUPER=01-Tom Ramey/VDOT Resident Engineer; :00
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Power crews also figure to get a call over the next 24 hours.
Electric companies have extra personnel scheduled to handle emergency calls, and repair trucks have been put on standby.
Many residents are prepared if their power DOES go out... they've been hitting the stores in search of emergency supplies.
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SOT 3:35:31
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((CHANTAL COLLINS/ASST. MANAGER, WAL-MART: IT'S BEEN REALLY BUSY, EVERYBODY'S BEEN GETTING READY FOR THE STORM. Reporter: What kind of things have they been buying? SNOW SHOVELS, ICE MELT, SPORTING GOODS, COLEMAN FUEL, FLASHLIGHTS, BATTERIES, ANYTHING WHERE YOU WON'T HAVE POWER.))
SUPER=01-Chantal Collins/Wal-Mart Asst. Mgr.; :00
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Twice as many people as usual flocked to local grocery stores today.
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Robin-Update
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WX-PRO/FULL 3D RADAR LOOP REGIONAL TEMPS WXALERT/FULL STORM WARNING
TOSS WITH KEITH

Budget


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=equ
TAPE#96-100
GRAPHIC=Session 97


Virginia's part-time citizen legislature is on the job.
The 1997 General Assembly began its 45- days of work at noon.
Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/StarLink


Ellen Qualls is at the state capitol tonight with first day highlights.
Live=Ellen Full/StarLink
SUPER=@Ellen1;
SUPER=06-Richmond


Keith, you almost wouldn't know it's an election year for all 100 House of Delegates members and the candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general.
The mood is polite, so far.
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SUPER=01-Sen. Stanley Walker/(D) Norfolk; :08
SUPER=@Cranwell; :32
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SUPER=01-Del. Jay Katzen/(R) Warrenton; 1:10
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The evenly split senate is a model of polite lawmaking.
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((SEN. STANLEY WALKER: IN SPITE OF POLITICAL DIFFERENCES WE ARE ALL VERY HAPPY TO BE HERE. IT SHOWS IN OUR FACES.))
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There will be fights though.
For three years, Assembly Democrats have thwarted George Allen's campaign promise of a tax cut.
The Governor played his cards close to his chest until today.
Word leaked out of an unemployment tax cut proposal, based on a 900- million dollar surplus in the fund employers pay into to provide jobless benefits.
sot 04:54:52

((DEL. DICK CRANWELL: BEFORE I CAN GIVE YOU AN ANSWER I WOULD WANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT PARTICULAR ISSUE AND WHAT IT MEANS. I KNOW THAT JUST A FEW YEARS AGO WE HAD TO PUT A SURTAX ON EMPLOYERS BECAUSE THERE WAS REALLY A DEFICIT IN THAT FUND. SO IT EBBS AND FLOWS.))
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((SEN. BO TRUMBO/R-FINCASTLE: THAT'S WHY WE'RE HERE. YOU KNOW TO TRY TO READJUST THOSE HISTORICAL TRENDS. AND SO MR. CRANWELL MAY BE ACCURATE. SO BE IT.))
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For state workers, one assurance: the House Appropriations Committee officially put a halt to the lag payroll plan slated to start next week.
That's just until lawmakers can negotiate a solution that doesn't cost state workers their new raises.
And on one oddball issue:
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((DEL. JAY KATZEN: WELL I JUST DON'T WANT MARIJUANA OUT THERE. IT'S NOT LEGAL AND I DON'T WANT IT LEGAL FOR ANYTHING.))
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Live=Ellen Full/StarLink
SUPER=06-Richmond;


Attorney General candidate Jay Katzen has filed the first bill to repeal the 1979 medicinal marijuana law that lawmakers just remembered they passed.
But we've got an update on that controversy.
In 1988, the General Assembly made HEROIN legal for terminally ill cancer patients... pending federal approval.
So in the political frenzy to just say NO to drugs, we want to point out that one of the 81 votes for limited legalization of heroin was then delegate George Allen.
Double Boxes=Keith and Ellen/StarLink


We'll hear more from the Governor, on issues other than heroin, in just one hour in his annual state of the Commonwealth address.

XGR


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=jda
TAPE#96-98
GRAPHIC=Roscoe Reynolds


Meanwhile Democrat Roscoe Reynolds moved about 100 yards to the west today...preserving the 20-20 split in the State Senate.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;


The former delegate who replaces Virgil Goode received the applause of his new colleagues and the congratulations of other Western Virginia lawmakers.
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SUPER=01-Sen. Madison Marye/(D) Shawsville; :00
SUPER=01-Sen. Charles Hawkins/(R) Chatham; :09
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As he moves to the Senate, Reynolds says his priority is to see that part of the state's surplus is devoted to education and he says he will be looking out for the Philpott Technical Center, the Virginia Museum of Natural History, and other programs in the 20th District.
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Tease#1

HARD MUSIC UNDER
ANCHOR=Keith
SS=NONE


Still to come on News 7 at 6--as investigators try to find out what caused an apartment building fire in Roanoke County, burned-out residents begin picking up the pieces.
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And we'll hear from the woman accused of neglecting dozens of dogs which were under her care.
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Green


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=dal
TAPE#96-102
GRAPHIC=None


The woman accused of animal neglect in Franklin County says she's being unjustly tried in the media and no one has bothered to find out her side of the story.
Double Boxes=Keith and Denise/Newsroom


Denise Allen did just that today, talking with Valery Green in Green's hospital room this afternoon.
Denise what does Green have to say about the charges leveled against her?
Live=Denise Full/Newsroom
SUPER=@Denise1;


Keith we should first say that Green did not want to further discuss the Franklin County charges until she gets an attorney.
In a phone interview on Saturday, Green says the animal neglect charges are false and she did have someone to care for her animals while she's in the hospital.
But she says the dreging up of her past and not being able to defend herself has been frustrating.
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Franklin County officials searched Green's home Friday and found about 100 dogs and cats.
Authorities say the animals were not being cared for, while Green said her landlord was watching them.
She says all her problems stem from dealings with another breeder, dealings that turned sour.
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Live=Denise Full/Newsroom


Green has a history of cancer and has been in the hospital with complications.
Double Boxes=Keith and Denise/Newsroom


And Keith, she says she's hoping to find a lawyer who will help her tell her side of the story, but she says that's been difficult because of money concerns.

Monty-Fire


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=tal
TAPE#96-99
GRAPHIC= Fire


Fire has destroyed a log house in Montgomery County.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co.;


The fire broke out on Teasel Road in the Pilot area this morning.
No one was home at the time.
The owner discovered the fire as he arrived home.
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SOT 3:55:37
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((JIM EPPERLY/CHRISTIANSBURG FIRE CHIEF: HE'D BEEN GONE ABOUT AN HOUR, CAME BACK AND FOUND IT CHARRED WITH SMOKE, OPENED THE DOOR TO LET HIS PETS OUT AND MAY HAVE MADE ONE PASS THROUGH THE HOUSE TO SEE IF HE COULD DO ANYTHING FOR IT, AND THEN HE WENT DOWN OVER THE HILL ON FOOT AND CALLED 911. ))
SUPER=01-Jim Epperly/Christiansburg Fire Chief;
RUNS=:15
OUT Q=and called 911.
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VO-NAT


Epperly says battling the blaze was difficult because the only source of water came from tanker trucks, which had to rotate in and out.
No word yet on how the fire started.
Epperly says the house and its contents are probably a total loss.
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WIPE WIPE WIPE

Apartment-Fire


ANCHOR=keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=spr
TAPE#96-107
GRAPHIC=None

WIPE! WIPE! WIPE!
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Yesterday;


Victims of an apartment building fire are trying to make the best out of a bad situation.
Yesterday, this dwelling at the Bent Creek Apartment complex burned for about two hours.
SUPER=04-Today;


This is all that's left of Nancy Smiley's home.
Only a few of her personal belongings were spared.
Even still she's trying to put a positive spin on her predicament.
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SOT 16:06:55
IN Q=There are

((NANCY SMILEY/FIRE VICTIM: THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT ARE DOING MORE WITH LESS AND ARE SUFFERING MORE AND WHO HAVE LOST EVERYTHING. WE HAVEN'T LOST EVERYTHING. WE JUST HAVE EVERYTHING THAT IS A CHARCOAL COLOR NOW. EVERYTHING WILL BE ALRIGHT. ))
SUPER=01-Nancy Smiley/Fire Victim;
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OUT Q=be alright
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VO-NAT


Meanwhile the investigation into the blaze is slow- going.
Fire officials spent most of today at the scene, hoping to find some answers.
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SOT 15:47:54
IN Q=It's taking

((GARY HUFFMAN/ROANOKE COUNTY FIRE INSPECTOR: IT'S TAKING AN EXTRA LONG TIME TO EXPOSE THE FIRE. WE HAVEN'T GOTTEN TO WHERE WE FEEL THE SOURCE WAS YET. WE'RE LOOKING AT THE SOURCE SOMEWHERE BETWEEN THE FIRST AND SECOND FLOOR. I DON'T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT CAUSED IT AT THIS TIME. ))
SUPER=01-Gary Huffman/Roanoke Co. Fire Inspector;
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OUT Q=this time
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In all, there were 12 apartments affected by the blaze.
Officials say it could take three months before the building is repaired.
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Stocks


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=tbr
TAPE#=None
GRAPHIC=NONE


Stocks were lower today, a day after a record close.
The Dow dropped 51 points.
NASDAQ was down seven points.
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Social-Security


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=lbe
TAPE#96-97
GRAPHIC=None


With all this talk about how to keep Social Security solvent, you might be wondering where our elected officials stand on the matter.
Len Besthoff reports.
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SUPER=03-New York, NY; :24
SUPER=07-Lloyd Crenshaw; :30 (VERY QUICK!)
SUPER=01-Ben Hartman/Stockbroker-Edward D. Jones; :39 (VERY QUICK!)
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(( Earlier this week a commission came out with recommendations on how to keep Social Security money, the backbone of millions of citizens retirement plans, safe for future generations.
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((SHIRLEY CROWDER: I THINK SOCIAL SECURITY IS A GOOD THING, AND I HOPE IT NEVER RUNS OUT.))
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((ANGELA NOELL: I'M DESERVING, I WORK FOR IT.))
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All of the ideas, to one degree or another, call for at least studying the idea of putting some of the fund into the stock market.
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((LLOYD CRENSHAW: THE STOCK MARKET YOU ALWAYS HAVE MONEY COMING BACK IN, SO I THINK THAT'D BE A GOOD INVESTMENT FOR SOCIAL SECURITY.))
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As you might guess, the stock market scenario sits well with stockbrokers.
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((BEN HARTMAN/STOCKBROKER-EDWARD D. JONES: A LOT OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY FUNDS ARE INVESTED IN LOW INTEREST PAYING GOVERNMENT SECURITIES. IT'S JUST NOT WORKING OUT.))
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So how do our elected representatives stand on the issue?
Congressman Bob Goodlatte prefers no changes.
He "strongly supports the current Social Security program", noting "it's a sacred contract."
Senator Chuck Robb advocates some change but he isn't siding with any of the new proposals yet.
He says "we have to look into personal security accounts and allow individuals to choose how they are to invest."
Senator John Warner, and Congressmen Virgil Goode and Rick Boucher remain undecided.
Boucher went a step further, saying that Social Security CAN pay its bills until 2030, and that "the potential to invest Social Security funds in other than government obligations is a recommendation that deserves serious consideration".
For their full comments check the business section of our homepage at www.wdbj7.com.
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((But our friends in Washington say Social Security will be on the back burner this year. That's because a balanced budget amendment and making Medicare solvent will come first. Len Besthoff, News-7.))
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Sports tease


ANCHOR=Roy
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#Tease
GRAPHIC=Roy


And coming up in Sports, The Redskins hire another coach Dom Capers talks about the new turf in Green bay.
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And Mike Stevens and Photographer Lynn Eller check in from Texas as they continue their reports from the NASCAR media tour.
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S-Texas


ANCHOR=Roy
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#S6-22
GRAPHIC=Media tour


This time of year you don't need a farmers almanac or Robin's forecast to find out if bad weather is on the way.
All you need are the dates for the NASCAR media tour.
Mike stevens and Photographer Len Eller check in from Fort Worth Texas tonight where they beat the snow out of the Lone Star State.
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S-Panthers


ANCHOR=Roy
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#S6-23
GRAPHIC=Panthers Logo


The Carolina Panthers are preparing for this weeks N-F-C championship game with the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau field.
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SUPER=03-Poolsville, MD; :


When the Panthers arrive in Green bay they will be looking at a new turf in the stadium.
The Summitt Hall Turf Farm in Poolsville, Maryland has peeled up the turf and taken it to Green Bay.
And Carolina head coach Dom Capers is hoping the new turf is in place.
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((DOM CAPERS/PANTHER HEAD COACH: ))
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ANCHOR=Roy
SS=hOLD lOGO


The Panthers and Packers play this Sunday at 12:30.

S-Redskins


ANCHOR=Roy
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#NONE
GRAPHIC=Redskins Logo


The Washington Redskins have filled another vacancy on their coaching staff.
Washington has hired Earl Leggett as their defensive line coach. the 61 year old Leggett has been with the New York Giants since 1993 as defensive line coach. He replaces Ron Lynn, who was let go by the Redskins.

S-Dodgers


ANCHOR=Roy
NEWSCAST=6pm
WRITER=Roy
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=Mlb logo


Former baseball commissioner Peter Ueberroth is looking to make a comeback into baseball, this team as the owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Ueberroth who heads a group of investors looking into the deal, says the franchise is the most valuable in baseball.
The Peter O'Malley family announced the team was for sale on Monday.







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Forecasts
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SUPER=330-Winter Storm Warning/Sleet & Snow/23-25/Freezing Rain/Icing

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Rain/30-34;
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Rain/28-32;
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Likely/28-32;
SUPER=334-Winter Storm Warning/Snow Totals 2-4''/20-25/Snow & Sleet/Snow

Totals 3-6''/28-32;
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Doobie-Shea


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=KHu
TAPE#96-95
GRAPHIC=None


The best blue grass record album of the year may turn out to have been the last thing recorded at Doobie Shea studios before the fire.
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SUPER=03-Franklin Co.


The studio near Boones Mill was struck by lightning last summer and burned to the ground.
But not before "The Stanley Tradition" was recorded. It's a tribute to the mountain-style country music of Ralph and Carter Stanley.
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ANCHOR=Keith
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And now it's been nominated for a Grammy.
As we told you Monday, Doobie Shea is rebuilding. Tim Austin expects the studio to be back in business next month.

Promo


ANCHOR=Keith
NEWSCAST=6
WRITER=sly
TAPE#None


For the latest on the winter weather, and for full coverage of the Governor's State of the Commonwealth address, stay with News 7.
We will carry the speech live beginning at seven.
We'll also have the latest weather and school information Take Prime Time Board Fullscreen
on News 7 Prime Time.
Robin will have the up to date forecast--that's at 10 p-m on W-E-F-C.
Check your cable listings for the channel in your area. And don't forget to tune in to News 7 at 11, right here on W-D-B-J. Talent=Keith