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
(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) - The House Homeland Security chairman Monday praised President Bush's $2.75 trillion budget for being "attentive to national security needs, but also mindful of the threat to our economic security posed by long-term deficit spending." Rep. Christopher Cox (R-Calif.) said the homeland security portion of the budget "represents good progress" and "a step in the right direction away from pork-barrel politics" as evidenced by its terrorism preparedness grants for first responders.
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 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
(CNSNews.com) - Shortly after former Sen. Max Cleland called on President Bush Wednesday to repudiate the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ads which criticize Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, a group of veterans and congressmen unveiled a letter written to Kerry criticizing his voting record on issues affecting the military.
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) - Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh plans to "seek further appellate review" of a Florida appeals court decision Wednesday, which upheld the seizure of his medical records while investigators sought information on alleged illegal drug use."The state's authority to seize such records by a validly issued search warrant is not affected by any right of privacy in such records," a three-judge panel of the 4th District Court of Appeal ruled. Chief Judge Gary M. Farmer wrote the opinion and Judge Carol Y. Taylor agreed.
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
(CNSNews.com) - Two homosexual advocacy groups and the American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday appealed the case of a lesbian woman who is being denied visitation with the daughter she had with her former partner.Janet Miller-Jenkins is seeking to enforce a court order from a Vermont court that granted her regular visitation with the two-year-old daughter she and her former lover, Lisa Miller-Jenkins, had when they were joined in a Vermont civil union.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Seven out of 10 Alabama voters disagree with a Montgomery County judge's decision that state officials can continue to conduct driver's license exams in foreign languages, a new poll finds.Results of the poll show 95 percent of Alabama voters agreed that English should be the official language on driver's license exams, higher than the 89 percent who voted for a constitutional amendment to make English the state's official language in a 1990 voter referendum.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A California Democrat is criticizing President Bush's budget proposal for cuts made to the Community Development Block Grant program, which helps low- to middle-class Americans find affordable housing.Rep. Maxine Waters (D- Calif.), an outspoken critic of Bush, said the president is trying to "balance the budget on the backs of the poor and the middle class."
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) - 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) - A veteran's group that seeks to educate the public about the truth of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan from the perspective of the soldiers who have experienced them first-hand is calling on both campaigns "to drop this pointless debate and posturing in the media" over the Swift Boat veterans controversy.
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) - The death of actor and embryonic stem cell research advocate Christopher Reeve, who passed away Sunday from heart failure, has refueled debate on both sides of the embryonic stem cell issue.Reeve, who was paralyzed in a horse-riding accident in 1995, died at 52 years of age a day after falling into a coma.The Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research, an advocate of embryonic stem cell research, used Reeve's death to call for increased funding of stem cell research.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In a statement read by his lawyer Christopher Wolf, Ambassador Joe Wilson called Friday's indictment of Vice President Dick Cheney's Chief of Staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby "an important step in the criminal justice process that began more than two years ago."
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In a vote of 89-2, the U.S. Senate Wednesday approved the intelligence overhaul bill sending it to the president's desk for signing.The bill would create a new national intelligence director, establish a counterterrorism center, set priorities for intelligence gathering, and tighten U.S. borders. It also represents the biggest change in intelligence gathering and analysis since the creation of the CIA.