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.

My Articles

July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In what is considered to be the first wrongful death suit stemming from the Sept. 11 attacks, the widow of a passenger who perished on the hijacked United Airlines plane that flew into the World Trade Center is suing the airline.The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Manhattan federal court, blames the airline for breaching its duty to care for the safety of the passengers of Flight 175. Ellen Mariani of New Hampshire, whose husband Louis was killed in the attack, is seeking unspecified damages.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Eight months after the Sept.11 attacks on the World Trade Center, New York City marked the end of cleanup and recovery efforts at Ground Zero. A bell rang out four sets of five chimes, the traditional code for a fallen comrade, at 10:29 a.m., the moment the second building collapsed. The New York Stock Exchange also observed two minutes of silence at 10:29 a.m.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Federal Aviation Administration is warning all U.S. airports and airlines to carefully search passengers' shoes after a man allegedly tried to detonate explosives in his sneakers on board a Paris to Miami flight.A man who U.S. officials identified as a 28-year-old British citizen named Richard C. Reid boarded an American Airlines flight in Paris that was later diverted to Boston's Logan International Airport Saturday after he threatened to detonate explosives in his high-top sneakers.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes additional background on the case, as well as comments by the Family Research Council and Rep. John Peterson (R-Pa.).)(CNSNews.com) - The Supreme Court Thursday ruled that public high school students who participate in extracurricular activities and sports may be subjected to random drug tests, because the schools' interest in combating drug use outweighs an individual's right to privacy.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh will be spared the death penalty, but could get life in prison if convicted of aiding and abetting terrorists, the Justice Department announced Tuesday. The charges against him include conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals overseas, providing material support and resources to designated foreign terrorist organizations including al Qaeda, and engaging in prohibited transactions with the Taliban.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Conservatives are firing back at NAACP Chairman Julian Bond for claiming the Justice Department and the Bush administration are eroding the civil rights of all Americans.Bond, who gave the keynote speech Sunday to the NAACP's national convention, ran down a familiar litany of complaints and also called black conservatives "ventriloquist dummies."
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Shoe bomb suspect Richard Reid was charged Wednesday in a 9-count indictment for allegedly trying to blow up an American Airlines jetliner during a transatlantic flight from Paris to Miami by igniting explosives in his sneakers. U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft commended the courage of the crew and passengers of the American Airlines flight who acted quickly to subdue Reid, saying, "our trust in the common sense of people to act in the face of terrorism was vindicated." Ashcroft described the heroic efforts of the passengers.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Nearly one month after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of school vouchers and weeks before the start of the school year, a Florida judge ruled Monday the state's school voucher law is unconstitutional.Gov. Jeb Bush vowed to appeal the judge's ruling and prevent it from going into effect this school year. If the ruling does become effective this year, nearly 50 students could be forced to go back to public schools while close to 340 others who were planning to use vouchers would be turned away.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Attorney General John Ashcroft Tuesday announced a 10-count indictment handed down by a Virginia grand jury against alleged American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh. If convicted, Walker could receive multiple life sentences - "six additional 10-year sentences plus 30 years," Ashcroft said. "The indictment rendered this afternoon reiterates the charges previously filed against Walker Lindh and adds additional set of charges," the attorney general said.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A study by a media watchdog group reveals that ABC network news gave more airtime to skeptics of the president's proposed use of force against Saddam Hussein than to supporters of his plan.According to research by the Media Research Center, parent company of CNSNews.com, out of 62 Iraq stories on ABC's World News Tonight during the month of September, reporters were four times more likely to voice doubt about the truthfulness of U.S. claims about Iraq.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes more reaction from the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Law.)CNSNews.com) - President George W. Bush has a plan to reduce illegal drug use by 10 percent over two years and 25 percent over five years. "We're putting the fight against drugs in the center of our national agenda," Bush told lawmakers, ambassadors and anti-drug officials at the White House on Tuesday. He said the plan includes tougher law enforcement.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - On the same day that a bus driver was shot and killed in Aspen Hill, Md., Montgomery County Police Chief Charles Moose Tuesday evening issued yet another message, this time significantly longer, to the so-called Beltway sniper. "In the past several days, you have attempted to communicate with us. We have researched the option you stated and found that it is not possible electronically to comply in the manner that you requested. However, we remain open and ready to talk to you about the options you have mentioned," Moose said.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - "Supporters of terrorism, you are not welcome here. And if you develop that characteristic after you get here, as an alien, you will be asked to leave." That was the message Attorney General John Ashcroft had Wednesday for immigrants who might become sympathetic terrorist causes.He announced the establishment of a new foreign terrorist tracking task force, headed by Steve McCraw, currently deputy assistant director of the intelligence division of the investigative services division of the FBI.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In another challenge to the judging results of the Olympic Winter Games, Russian officials have filed a formal protest of the women's figure skating finale Thursday, saying the Russian silver medalist Irina Slutskaya should get her own gold medal because the judging was biased. Russian Figure Skating Federation President Valentin Piseyev signed the protest, which was sent to the referee of Thursday night's free skate.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - John Muhammad and Lee Malvo, the two men who were arrested early Thursday morning at a highway rest stop, are being arraigned at the federal courthouse in Baltimore, Md., although authorities have not confirmed that the charges stem from the serial sniper attacks.Muhammad will be arraigned on federal firearms charges stemming from a restraining order taken out by his ex-wife. Malvo is reportedly being arraigned as a material witness, because he has refused to cooperate with authorities.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The parents of an eight-year-old Colorado boy are suing his former elementary school for allegedly strip-searching him to look for signs of child abuse. Based on a complaint, Nick Tassitano's teacher along with Vice Principal Greg Grote of Odea Elementary School in Fort Collins pulled him into an office and pulled down his pants. Grote "took my underwear and looked if there were any scars or scratches," the boy said.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Lawmakers were cleared for re-entry into the U.S. Capitol building Wednesday evening after it was evacuated because of a bomb scare in the Hart Senate Office Building. In New York City, the FBI arrested one man who had false identification and detained several others at the Kennedy airport.While the Capitol was being evacuated Vice President Dick Cheney was moved to Camp David "as a precautionary measure," according to a spokeswoman.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The 24 aviators detained since April 1 on China's Hainan Island will soon be heading home. The plane landed on the island around 6 p.m. EST and refueled before the crew boarded. They are expected to leave for Guam within an hour.Speaking in Greenville, N.C. Wednesday evening, President Bush said, "I'm pleased to report that a commercial charter airplane is close to landing in Hainan Island." His announcement was met with applause from the crowd who cheered "USA!"
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
2nd Add: includes more detail on the emergency aid approved by Congress.(CNSNews.com) - During a service attended by former presidents, lawmakers, and other government leaders, President Bush Friday led the nation in prayer and mourning for the victims of Tuesday's terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington. "War has been waged against us by stealth and deceit and murder. This nation is peaceful, but fierce when stirred to anger," he said. "This conflict was begun on the timing and terms of others. It will end in a way, and at an hour, of our choosing."