Melanie has been with CNSNews.com since November 2000 as an evening editor responsible for writing, editing and posting stories to the website. She was promoted to deputy managing editor in 2002, overseeing the radio production department in addition to her daily editing duties. Prior to working at CNSNews.com, Melanie served as news director for WKYS-FM, one of Washington, D.C.’s top-rated radio stations. Mrs. Arter also worked as a traffic reporter for Shadow Broadcasting in the nation’s capital and prior to that, as a news anchor/reporter for WAMO-FM in Pittsburgh, Pa. Her television experience was obtained at several Washington, D.C. stations. She worked for America’s Most Wanted at Fox affiliate WTTG, the Creative Services Department of WUSA-TV and the Evening Exchange on WHUT-TV. She holds a bachelor’s degree in television production from Howard University.

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July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - While anti-war protesters are busy planning a vigil outside the White House to mark the death of the 2,000th U.S. soldier in Iraq, a homosexual advocacy group announced Tuesday that more than 25 of those killed were homosexual.Statistician Gary Gates estimated that more than 65,000 homosexuals are serving on active duty, in the National Guard and reserves."Lesbian and gay soldiers are fighting and dying in Iraq, too," said C. Dixon Osburn, executive director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN).
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The city of Calabasas, Calif., voted unanimously Wednesday night to ban smoking in all outdoor places, including sidewalks and streets, except for small outdoor "smoker outposts."The "smoker outposts" would be established by businesses in areas like parking lots. Smokers can also smoke when no one else is around or expected. The ban is considered the most sweeping ban of any U.S. jurisdiction.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(Editor's note: Clarifies judge's ruling in first paragraph.) (CNSNews.com) - Another federal judge, this time in Lincoln, Neb., ruled the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act unconstitutional, because the judge said "it does not allow, and instead prohibits, the use of the procedure when necessary to preserve the health of a woman."U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf's decision followed two similar rulings in New York and San Francisco. Those rulings are expected to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - It was one month ago that Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) announced he would enter rehab for an addiction to prescription painkillers following a run-in with police after crashing his car near Capitol Hill. Today, Kennedy is out of rehab and returns to work. On Monday, Kennedy thanked supporters in Providence, R.I., after leaving the Mayo Clinic last week. "On June 2/super nd/nosupersub , I concluded my treatment at the Mayo Clinic. I recognize that 'concluded' is not a word that I'll ever be able to use when it comes to my aftercare," said Kennedy.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Praise poured in Tuesday for the selection of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, to succeed Pope John Paul II. The Catholic League Tuesday said the selection of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as the new pope is a "cause for great celebration," which "sends an unmistakable message."
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A media watchdog group Tuesday said "what amounted to an 'October surprise'" by the New York Times and CBS News blew up in their faces.The Times was first to report Monday what it considered to be new information that 380 tons of explosives were missing from an Iraqi military facility that was supposed to be under U.S. military control. But an NBC News report later noted the explosives were already gone before troops arrived at the Al-Qaqaa installation in April 2003.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A federal district court in Maryland ruled Tuesday that a Ten Commandments display in a park in Frederick is constitutional.The display, owned by the Fraternal Order of Eagles, was challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union, which ended up dropping its lawsuit, but Americans United for the Separation of Church and State filed a suit in June 2003 challenging the validity of the sale of the monument and the land on which it stood from the city to the FOE.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes additional comments from deputy White House spokesman Trent Duffy.) (CNSNews.com) - The White House said Tuesday $20 million from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) has been added to the $15 million President Bush already authorized to help the earthquake/tsunami victims of Asia, and the U.S. military is also assisting the recovery efforts.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(Editor's note: Fixes reference to Cuban dictator Fidel Castro's offer.)(CNSNews.com) - A black activist group which spearheaded a search and rescue mission in New Orleans for victims of Hurricane Katrina said the media has not been accurately reporting the conditions in the region. The New Black Panther Party and its attorney Malik Zulu Shabazz sent buses and relief supplies to the areas so over 500 people could be rescued.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A spokesman for the family of Terri Schindler Schiavo said Thursday the Florida judge presiding over her case "ignores the state's laws and orders the premeditated killing of a disabled Florida woman by her husband."Pamela Hennessy, media director for the Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation, in a press release Thursday called on disability and eldercare advocates to press for Circuit Judge George Greer's "immediate impeachment."
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments from Rep. Jerrold Nadler.) (CNSNews.com) - Democrats seized on news Friday that Vice President Dick Cheney's Chief of Staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby was indicted on five counts in the Valerie Plame case, with some accusing the Bush administration of conspiring to lie to the American people about the war in Iraq. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) called the indictment "evidence of White House corruption at the very highest levels far from the 'honor and dignity' the president pledged to restore to Washington just five years ago."
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments from Rev. Joseph Lowery and former President George H.W. Bush.) (CNSNews.com) - Coretta Scott King was remembered Tuesday at a funeral service in Lithonia, Ga., as a woman of strength and conviction who carried on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s work towards racial equality all the while grieving his death and raising her children on her own.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A pro-life group is admonishing a group of Catholic nuns for donating money to a "staunchly pro-abortion political group."The American Life League expressed outrage Thursday over a financial donation the Immaculate Heart of Mary sisters in Michigan made to Emily's List, the nation's largest political network dedicated solely to election pro-abortion women to public office. The sisters claimed they made the donation in order to help women in the political process.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush expressed confidence during a trip to New Mexico Tuesday that lawmakers will find a compromise on immigration reform legislation. But Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) criticized the president's trip, saying: "Unfortunately, a photo-op in New Mexico won't make Republicans in Washington, D.C., support comprehensive reform."Congress must decide on a compromise between a House bill that is strong on border security and a Senate bill that lets illegal immigrants get temporary work permits so they can work inside the U.S.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Not everyone had words of praise for the selection of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as the new pope. A homosexual advocacy group expressed "concern" that Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, "does not present a hopeful vision of the future or inspire optimism for affirming language, policies or outreach." Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) noted that Ratzinger "authored a Vatican document condemning marriage and adoption by gay men and lesbians in July 2003."
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - If there are any provisional ballot or eligibility challenges at the polls on Tuesday, they will most likely target minority and newly registered voters, according to a study commissioned by the NAACP National Voter Fund.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A pharmaceutical group is warning Congress not to restrict funding of erectile dysfunction drugs, because it will unfairly affect disadvantaged, low-income elderly men who suffer from medical conditions that cause impotence. The U.S. House Friday voted to ban Medicare or Medicaid payments for impotency drugs. The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) said erectile dysfunction is a consequence of disease and products like Viagra are part of the overall treatment of the condition.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The House and Senate Thursday approved a measure that allows taxpayers who make donations to the tsunami victims in January to claim deductions on their 2004 tax returns. Current law says donations made in January can't be claimed until the following year. "The passage of this legislation will be a great benefit to those in need," Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee said.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Florida congressman Wednesday announced plans to introduce a bill making the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) an agency independent from the Department of Homeland Security, the way it was prior to 9/11. Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) said his bill is not just in response to the Hurricane Katrina tragedy, "it is the result of the increasing evidence that FEMA should not be hindered by a top-heavy bureaucracy when needed to act swiftly to save lives."
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Two conservative groups paired up Thursday to launch a national ad campaign to educate grassroots groups and voters on their senators' actions and inactions on President Bush's judicial nominees.The Family Research Council and Focus on the Family launched the first of the two ads Thursday in the Washington Times. A second will be launched in Nevada Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid's state. According to a press release, the ads urge senators to uphold the Constitution and "vote yea or vote nay but VOTE!"