PORTSMOUTH, Va - President Barack Obama told the American people his economicrecovery plan will take immediate steps toward relieving thecurrent crisis.
His plan to give a $2,500 tax credit for college tuition caughtNorfolk State University's Dr. Carol Pretlow's attention.
Pretlow told WAVY.com the assistance could make a difference forstudents contemplating dropping out of school for financialreasons. "Those that are in college presently may be able tomaintain at least. Those who are entering college may notexperience a great impact," she explained.
In promoting his plan to reinvest hundreds of billions ofdollars into the economy, Mr. Obama explained the money would beput to work by creating jobs in health care and energy industries.He also said the money would be used for public safety andeducation to provide "states with some relief."
Virginia faces $3 Billion budget shortfall, and the region'slocal government leaders have reported to WAVY.com that they aredealing with declining revenues.
With that reality, Regent University's Dr. Charles Dunn wondershow local lawmakers will use money that comes from Washington.
"Those governments will just take the federal money and put iton what they were doing before they made the cuts. Will thatstimulate?"
Dunn says local leaders might be wise to invest federal dollarsin ways the President suggests will create jobs.
Norfolk Police are investigating the cause of death for male found unconscious on the beach.
The art of making jewelry is helping some Norfolk students learn independence and job skills.
The suicide of a 16-year-old Gloucester girl has led a community to speak up about bullying.