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Kennesaw Gets $3M Grant For Math, Science Teachers

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) -- Kennesaw State University has gotten a
nearly $3 million federal grant to increase the number of math and science teachers it produces.

The National Science Foundation grant will create a program that recruits professionals working in science and math careers to become teachers. The program also will offer leadership training to science teachers with at least three years' experience.

The suburban Atlanta university plans to start with 32 students
in December. Each student will get up to $50,000 in scholarships in exchange for four years of work in a high-needs Georgia school.

And current teachers in Cobb, Paulding, Fulton, Gwinnett and
Atlanta schools can get $10,000 annually for five years of
professional development.
Kennesaw State University: http://www.kennesaw.edu

Lassiter Coach Discusses Home Opener

MARIETTA, GA -- The Lassiter Trojans host North Cobb on Friday, September 10 in a battle of 1-1 teams. This non-region game may not really count towards the playoff race, but Lassiter Coach Jep Irwin says it will give his team another chance to get some good experience.

"I think we got experience and knowledge of a big game atmosphere in the Georgia Dome against a Top Five team in the country," Irwin said, referencing his Trojans' 34-14 loss to North Gwinnett in the Corky Kell Classic.

"We want to be able to play at that level."

"Then, against Sprayberry," Irwin added, "We saw how we can win."

'Secure Communities' Rolls Out in Cobb, Fulton Counties

MARIETTA, GA -- A new federal program is going into effect in Cobb and Fulton Counties.  The program screens the fingerprints of people who are arrested against a national database, in an effort to verify their immigration status.  It's drawing praise and criticism.

Fingerprints are one of the few distinguishing features almost all of us have.  Being fingerprinted is an activity widely associated with being arrested for committing a crime.

Now, a new program, called Secure Communities, will run the fingerprints of those arrested, against a national database to check an inmate's immigration status.

U.S. 10K Classic Draws Thousands to Cobb

COBB COUNTY, GA -- The sun came up on a perfect racing morning on Labor Day as more than 11,000 people gathered at the starting line of the 17th annual U.S. 10K Classic.

It was cool for the start of the race, which combines four different sports in one event.

Cyclists, inline skaters, wheelchair racers, runners and walkers started their races about five minutes apart, beginning at 7:15 a.m.

"I just get excited by the bikes and inline skates," said Carol Lewis. "The wheelchairs are what overwhelm me the most, seeing what those guys can do."

Over the past 17 years, the race has raised more than $5 million for 28 children's charities, including the World Children's Center, which will be ready to open in Haralson County next year.

Kennesaw State Students Want Fees Trimmed

KENNESAW, GA -- Students at Kennesaw State University are trying to figure out why they're paying campus and activity fees for a 2-week spring or summer course that often matches what they pay for a full 4-month semester.

Brian Prince is a senior at Kennesaw State on a Hope Scholarship. He says he can't figure out why he's paying so much for student fees. He's not alone. Other students are paying the same thing, whether for a short course or for a full semester.

"It was around $1,000 and I really did not understand why. I was really confused because it was only a 2 week course and it should not have cost the same as a full semester," Prince said.

Kennesaw State First-Year Program Recognized Among Best

KENNESAW, GA -- Kennesaw State University's first-year experience program was recognized by U.S.News & World Report as one of the best in the country in its 2011 Best Colleges issue. This marks the eighth consecutive year that KSU's first-year experience program has been recognized in the prestigious annual college rankings.

U.S.News also ranked KSU 32rd among regional public universities in the South and 69th among all regional universities in the South.

"It is an honor for Kennesaw State to be recognized once again for the excellence of our first-year program," said KSU President Daniel Papp.

Star Kennesaw State Basketball Player Shot and Killed

DECATUR, Ga. - He was a star on the basketball court at Kennesaw State University. And now, he's a symbol of bravery and sacrifice.

Shuan Stegall, 25, was shot and killed over the weekend saving his father from two gunmen.

The tragedy has Stegall's family, friends and fans stunned.

Monday evening at the Decatur condo of Stegall's mother, Tamika Stegall, loved ones gathered to comfort each other. Their faces -- expressionless. As if their hearts were numb.

As if it can't be true, what happened to Stegall.

"He was looked upon as a gentle giant," said a childhood friend, Pastor Quincy Carswell, II.