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Alabama lawmakers approve spending on ARPA funds

Alabama Capitol

Alabama lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to a spending plan to use $1 billion in federal coronavirus funds largely on broadband expansion, water and sewer infrastructure and reimbursements to healthcare providers.

Senators voted 29-3 to approve the House-passed bill after adding language to allow local governments to use a portion of the money for stormwater projects to combat urban flooding.

The House agreed to go along with Senate changes, and the bill now goes to Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey for her signature.

Melanie began her career as a work study student, working in the areas of news reporting, anchoring and news-gathering. After graduating from Alabama State University, she worked as a production assistant at the local NBC affiliate, WSFA-TV. As a News Director at WVAS-FM, Melanie leads her team to produce award- winning newscasts and talk shows. Her professional achievements includes News Reporter of the Year for a number of years and awards for talk show producer, by the Alabama Broadcasters Association and the Associated Press. She is an active member of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce. Her goals are to expand the reach of WVAS FM into more homes locally, regionally and nationally.