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Broncos WR, Cobb Native Kenny McKinley Found Dead

ENGLEWOOD (KUSA) -- The Denver Broncos say they "are deeply saddened" after wide receiver Kenny McKinley was found dead in his apartment on Monday.

The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office says McKinley, 23, was found dead in the bedroom of his home on East Caley Place near South Jordan Road in Centennial around 3:25 p.m. on Monday

Sheriff Grayson Robinson says detectives are investigating the death as an apparent suicide. Investigators say the cause of death appears to be a self-inflected gunshot wound.

McKinley was a second-year pro who was on the team's injured reserve list. He played in eight games as a rookie in 2009 with seven kick returns for 158 yards.

McKinley was drafted in the fifth round, 141st overall, in the 2009 NFL Draft from the University of South Carolina. He attended South Cobb High School in Austell, Ga.

Denver Bronco, Former South Cobb Star May Have Committed Suicide

(CNN) -- Denver Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley was found dead Monday afternoon in a Colorado home.

Authorities said it appeared McKinley died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 23.

"Deputies discovered a male in the second-floor master bedroom of the home and determined that male was deceased," the Arapahoe County sheriff's department said in a statement. "Although the death of Mr. McKinley appears to be the result of a self-inflicted gunshot, the investigation into this matter ... is ongoing."

Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels will speak to the media Tuesday about McKinley's death.

McKinley was selected by the Broncos in the fifth round (141st overall) of the 2009 NFL draft from the University of South Carolina. He attended South Cobb High School in Austell, Georgia.

53 Cobb Seniors Named Semifinalists For National Merit Scholarships

Atlanta, GA--  Fifty-three students from nine Cobb high schools are among the 16,000 semifinalists for the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program! These seniors now have an opportunity to compete for the 8,400 National Merit Scholarships that will be offered in Spring 2011. Cobb’s National Merit Scholarship semifinalists are:

Allatoona High School
Jason S. Johnston

Campbell High School
Joan K. Bedinger
Gabriel D. Denis
Connie M. Lu
Jiwon Park

Harrison High School
Emily A. Nedvidek
Gleen T. Shrum

Kell High School
Haley G. Huang
John M. Williams

Kennesaw Mountain High School
Stephen V. Camp
Joseph A. Celeste
Bailey E. Ernstes
Jennifer M. Hwang
Daniel P. Valdez

Lassiter High School
Jeffrey S. Allen
Guido Bacce
Christopher R. Hauser
John W.

Mableton Gas Station Sells the Winning $116million Powerball Ticket

Atlanta, GA--  There are 116 million reasons why someone’s week is off to a great start. One ticket matched all six numbers in Saturday’s $116 million Powerball drawing.

Heby’s Shell, located at 4360 Floyd Road in Mableton, Ga., sold the winning jackpot ticket.

Winning numbers were: 1-18-37-39-44 and the Powerball was 13.

The jackpot value increased to $116 million from an advertised $112 million after final ticket sales were tallied.

Powerball offers two payment options: the jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments or the cash option, which is approximately $63 million.

In Georgia, Powerball winners have 180 days from the draw date to claim prizes.

Any Georgia Lottery retailer who sells a winning Powerball jackpot ticket can earn the $25,000 retailer incentive bonus payment.

Andrew Young Honored by Chattahoochee Tech Foundation

ATLANTA -- Former mayor of Atlanta, Ambassador Andrew Young, will be honored by the Chattahoochee Tech Foundation at this year's Legacy Awards luncheon.

The Legacy Awards luncheon has been held annually since 2005. Foundation trustees nominate and select an honoree based on that person's establishment of a positive lifetime legacy that has benefited the local, regional, state or national/international community.

Past honorees include Vince Dooley, Roy Barnes, Johnny Isakson, Conley Ingram, Bill Kinney, Truett Cathy and Betty Siegel.

The Legacy Awards luncheon will take place at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel (2450 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, 30339) on Thursday, Oct. 7 at 11:00 a.m.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Long either via email or at 770-529-2319.

Cobb Social Studies Teachers Awarded a $1 Million "Teaching American History" Grant

Atlanta, GA-- The Cobb County School District has been awarded a three-year, $999,425 grant from the U.S. Department of Education for the professional development of Cobb’s high school U.S. history teachers! Funded under the Teaching American History Grants Program, the grant is intended to improve student achievement by enhancing teachers' understanding of, and appreciation for, traditional United States history.

During each year of the grant, 30 Cobb high school social studies teachers will be selected by application to participate in six symposiums, book studies and field trips. The activities will be led by historians from Georgia State University and the Gilder-Lehrman American History Institute, a not-for-profit organization promoting the study and love of American history. A book study each semester will engage teachers with current historical research. Teachers also will participate in two field studies each semester, offered at important U.S. historical sites.

Many Kids Need 2 Doses of Flu Vaccine

ATLANTA -- While most people will need only one flu shot or spray to guard against H1N1 and the seasonal flu, this year, many children will need two, according to the CDC.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends two doses of 2010-11 flu vaccine for children 6 months through 8 years of age unless they received at least one dose of 2009 H1N1 vaccine last flu season and at least one dose of seasonal vaccine prior to the 2009-2010 flu season or two doses of seasonal flu vaccine last flu season.

The first dose "primes" the immune system, while the second dose provides immune protection, according to the CDC. The second dose should be given 28 or more days after the first dose.

North Atlanta Pediatrics explains it this way on its website: