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Construction of new Alabama Statehouse to begin

Montgomery, Alabama, USA with the State Capitol at dawn.
Montgomery, Alabama, USA with the State Capitol at dawn.

Alabama lawmakers voted Tuesday to move forward with the construction of a new Statehouse.

The proposed building would be sold or leased to the Alabama Legislature and will be located near the existing Statehouse.

The Alabama Legislative Council supported an agreement with the Retirement Systems of Alabama. The council chairman says lawmakers do not yet know an estimated cost but it will become available in the design phase.

Lawmakers will be able pull out of the construction agreement if they decide the price tag is too high.

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.