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, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A religious watchdog group is applauding the Justice Department's decision to cancel a proposal for "single-faith" prison programs.The Justice Department said earlier this year it would set up prison rehab programs for six federal prisons designed to "facilitate personal transformation of the participating inmates through their own spirituality and faith."
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Second Amendment group is drafting federal legislation that would prevent anti-gun demonstrators from blocking access to gun stores. The proposed legislation stems from recent protests at a suburban Chicago gun shop. On Saturday, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and a Catholic priest, Michael Pfleger, were arrested and charged with trespassing for blocking the entrance to Chuck's Gun Shop in Riverdale. Full Story
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Monday called it "unacceptable" that thousands of U.S. weapons meant for Iraqi security forces cannot be accounted for.The discovery was detailed in a report prepared for Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John Warner (R-Va.). The audit by the inspector general's office also found that spare parts and repair manuals for other weapons cannot be found.Pelosi used the opportunity to criticize Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and to call for a "new direction in Iraq."
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - U.S. officials are downplaying a report that al Qaeda is planning a terror "spectacular" this summer "reminiscent of the warnings and intelligence" they received prior to the Sept. 11 attacks.This comes on the heels of attempted terror attacks in London and Scotland's Glasgow airport over the weekend and a car bomb attack in Yemen.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush Thursday signed a federal mine safety regulations measure into law. It requires that more oxygen supplies be placed underground and rescue teams be moved closer to mines.The Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act, or MINER Act, also requires coal mines to develop and continuously update a written emergency response plan, and develop two-way communications and electronic tracking systems within three years, among other things.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Liberals reacted with enthusiasm to the news that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is being replaced by former CIA director Robert Gates. "By accepting the Secretary of Defense's resignation, President Bush has taken a step in the right direction," said Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).But, he added, "changing personnel" was not enough."We also need a change in policy, if this resignation is to mean anything for our troops or for the Iraqi people," said Reid.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - On Friday, for the sixth year in a row, President Bush denied funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which supports China's controversial one-child policy.Bush transferred $34 million from the UNFPA to instead help children through the "Child Survival and Health Programs Fund," run by USAID, an independent agency that provides economic, development and humanitarian assistance around the world in support of the foreign policy goals of the United States.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.) announced Wednesday the discovery of more than 500 munitions or weapons of mass destruction, specifically "sarin- and mustard-filled projectiles," in Iraq.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In a victory for the Bush administration, Democrats have ended their fight to reverse the president's ban on aid to family planning groups overseas that provide abortions. The Mexico City policy was kept intact in the 2008 foreign aid budget that is now part of the $500 billion-plus omnibus spending bill. While conservatives praised the development, they expressed disapproval with the fact that the budget bill provides an increase in funding to Planned Parenthood.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments from the Southeastern Legal Foundation, Council for American-Islamic Relations and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.) (CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Supreme Court sided with a Guantanamo Bay detainee on Thursday, ruling 5-3 that President Bush does not have the authority to order military trials for "enemy combatants" being held at the camp.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Republican congressmen are calling on House Judiciary Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) to hold an immediate hearing on two U.S. Border Patrol agents who were convicted and sentenced to 11 to 12 years for shooting a Mexican drug smuggler.Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-N.C.) joined Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) and other House colleagues in asking for the hearing on the conviction and sentencing of agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A conservative civil liberties group is calling on the U.S. Supreme Court to declare that Kentucky's lethal injection protocol is cruel and unusual punishment and therefore a violation of the Eighth Amendment.The Rutherford Institute is filing a joint amicus brief with the American Civil Liberties Union in Baze v. Rees, in which Kentucky death row inmates Ralph Baze and Thomas Clyde Bowling, are challenging the chemicals and procedures the state uses in lethal injections.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan Thursday condemned both sides in Israel's war against Hizballah in Lebanon - Hizballah for kidnapping Israeli soldiers and launching rockets into Israel and Israel for punishing the Lebanese people and using "excessive" force. Annan said Israel's military operation led to a humanitarian crisis in Lebanon and Hizballah's actions held "an entire nation hostage."
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Al Gore warned Tuesday of the consequences America faces if something is not done today to stop "global warming," while a critic said the former vice president wanted "to scare us green."Appearing on the "Oprah Winfrey Show," Gore illustrated what he said were the effects of global warming, showing the audience slides of places like the Glacier National Park in Montana decades ago compared to today.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In a vote of 68 to 29, the Senate Tuesday approved legislation to permanently strengthen and improve the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) after rejecting a Democratic effort to remove a provision that would shield telecommunications companies from lawsuits. "With the Senate passage of this bill we are one step closer to restoring critical checks and balances to the President's surveillance program," said Sen. John Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) in a statement.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A pro-life group Monday called on the Food and Drug Administration to reconsider Barr Pharmaceutical Inc.'s request to make its "morning-after" pill available over the counter.The American Life League said it is "aghast" that the FDA "has caved to mounting political pressures" regarding Plan B, the emergency contraception, "a deadly cocktail of drugs that - even according to its manufacturer - can act to take the life of newly conceived babies in the days immediately following fertilization."
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Justice Department announced Tuesday that federal identity theft charges have been brought against 148 illegal immigrants accused of stealing the identities of American citizens to get jobs.The charges arose out of Operation Wagon Train, an investigation led by agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement working with six U.S. attorney's offices.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The head of a conservative civil liberties group is calling on President Bush to condemn Iran's public stoning and hanging of women.John Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute, sent a letter to Bush, members of Congress and other dignitaries, urging the world's leaders to demand that Iran abide by its obligations under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to ban stoning and other inhumane methods of executing women.
July 7, 2008, 8:23 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Maryland school district has agreed to let a high school hold its graduation ceremonies in a church, voting five to three to reverse its previous ban. The decision was confirmed in a statement released Friday by Montgomery County Public Schools.