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, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry Wednesday unveiled his plan to increase the child care tax credit and expand afterschool programs to help working families.Kerry's plan would increase the child care tax credit to cover the first $5,000 of expenses per child, instead of the current $3,000 limit, and create a "School's Open Til 6" afterschool program for parents who work late.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
CORRECTION: Fixes dumpster reference in 3rd paragraph(CNSNews.com) - The Arizona Court of Appeals has rejected homosexual marriage in a case in which two homosexuals tried to gain lawful status as "married" spouses under state regulations.In his decision, Judge Timmer wrote: "Neither the United States Supreme Court nor any Arizona court has recognized that the fundamental right to marry includes the freedom to choose a same-sex spouse."
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The president of a media watchdog group is challenging NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw to a $1 million challenge over comments the anchor made during a recent interview with Columbia Journalism Review. Brokaw directly took on the Media Research Center and its president Brent Bozell, denying the credibility of their evidence of liberal bias in the press.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A pro-family group is concerned about an alliance between the nation's largest provider of abortions and the Girl Scouts.The controversy surrounds the Waco, Texas Girl Scouts organization, which has given its approval to a sex education pamphlet distributed by Planned Parenthood to children as young as 10 years old."Parents have every right to be troubled by an alliance of the Girl Scouts and an organization like Planned Parenthood," said Family Research Council Vice President for Communications Genevieve Wood.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Alabama Supreme Court Friday unanimously rejected former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's bid to be reinstated.Moore was removed from office by an ethics panel after he refused to obey a federal court order to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the Alabama Judicial Building. "The elected representatives of the people, the eight associate justices of the Alabama Supreme Court, hid behind the robes of an illegally appointed, politically selected court," Moore said in a statement.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - American hostage Paul Johnson was beheaded Friday by the al Qaeda militants who kidnapped him in Saudi Arabia. The terrorist group posted pictures of Johnson's severed head on one of its websites. "As we promised the mujahideen, we have beheaded the American hostage Paul Johnson after the deadline that the mujahideen gave to the tyrannical Saudi government passed," according to a statement signed by the Organization of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula on the al Islah website.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A conservative, pro-family group Thursday thanked President Bush for endorsing Marriage Protection Week with a presidential proclamation. "This president and his wife have done more to exemplify good marriage to a nation of broken families than any couple in recent times," said Sandy Rios, president of Concerned Women for America. CWA and other groups have designated Oct. 12-18 as Marriage Protection Week.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The White House is planning to spend $1.5 billion to promote healthy marriages, and President Bush could announce plans for the proposal next week in his State of the Union address.The measure would go towards training to help couples develop interpersonal skills that sustain "healthy marriages," especially among low-income couples.Conservatives are also urging the president to defend traditional marriage, after the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's decision on same-sex marriage.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A gun control group is calling for a House Ethics inquiry into National Rifle Association board members who co-sponsored a bill to give NRA civil immunity. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence delivered a letter to the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, accusing House members Don Young (R-Alaska) and Barbara Cubin (R-W.V.) of using their legislative powers to further the financial interests of the NRA, which they serve as members of the board.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(Editor's Note: Adds more detail about Al Hubbard) (CNSNews.com) - Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry Thursday said his credibility was not affected by his previous association with a man who fabricated his military credentials while serving as executive director of a prominent anti-war group that included Kerry.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is threatening to sue two online bobblehead distributors in an effort to stop them from selling bobbleheads of the governor.The online websites - bosleyboppers.com and www.bobbleheadelection.com - teamed up in January to dedicate net proceeds from online sales of four bobbleheads to the Kristen Ann Carr Fund for Sarcoma Research."We're a small, growing online company,
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A review of the ticketing website for the Michael Moore movie "Fahrenheit 911" shows that the distributors will fall far short of the "more than 1,000 theaters" they originally promised would show the Bush-bashing film, according to a group dedicated to supporting the US military and efforts to defeat terrorism.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The National Park Service reportedly plans to unveil a "more balanced" version of a video that's been shown since 1995 as part of an exhibit at the Lincoln Memorial.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments from the American Life League.) (CNSNews.com) - President Bush appointed Judge Charles Pickering to the federal appeals court Friday, despite Democrats' efforts to prevent a Senate confirmation vote.Pickering was nominated for a seat on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, but Democrats have accused the judge of supporting segregation in his early years, so they filibustered Pickering, as well as several other nominees.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Mel Gibson's film "The Passion of the Christ" is lessening hostility towards Jews contrary to what the film's Jewish critics predicted, a new poll shows.The survey, conducted by the Institute for Jewish and Community Research, shows 24 percent of Americans familiar with the film say that Jews alive at the time of Christ's crucifixion were not responsible for it. Less than two percent of Americans surveyed blame Jews for the crucifixion today.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An Islamic advocacy group is calling for a congressional probe into the alleged torture of Iraqi prisoners by U.S. soldiers at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison as well as international inspections of all American detention facilities in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A homosexual advocacy group is partnering with the National Parent Teacher Association at its annual conference for the first time.Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) will present its first-ever safe schools workshop at the National PTA Conference in Anaheim, Calif."Both PFLAG and the NPTA are organizations of parents dedicated to improving the lives and education of our country's children," said Ron Schlittler, PFLAG's executive director.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As the nation copes with growing budget deficits resulting from the economic downturn, more and more states are scaling back on mandatory minimum sentencing in favor of "smart on crime" policies, according to a new report commissioned by a group opposed to mandatory sentencing laws.But the move is not always motivated by money, said Laura Sager, executive director of Families Against Mandatory Minimums. "The growing movement toward 'smart on crime' sentencing and corrections policies is not driven solely by dollars," she said.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Pro-family attorneys and organizations have drafted a new form that will allow California parents to "opt-out" their children from objectionable classes and activities that promote abortion, the use of condoms, homosexuality and transexuality.The new Student Exemption Form was updated after a California law (SB 71) passed last year allowing schools to give surveys behind parents' backs, allows for sex education for children as young as kindergarten, and teaches children to appreciate homosexual behavior.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Los Angeles radio station that aired a satiric skit that offended some Muslims issued an on-air apology Wednesday."Last Wednesday, we aired a satirical skit that was offensive to some members of the Muslim community. For that we are sorry. KFI is committed to all of its Southern California listeners, including those in the Muslim community," KFI AM 640 Program Director Robin Bertolucci said in Wednesday's on-air apology.