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) - The AFL-CIO endorsed Democratic front-runner John Kerry Thursday, but Kerry's congressional record shows he has voted against labor leaders' interests in the past."Today we stand united in a common cause and that common cause is not just to defeat George Bush, but it is to put our country back on track, on the road of prosperity, the road of fairness, the road of jobs," Kerry said.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - During a meeting with President Bush at the White House Monday, former South African President Nelson Mandela expressed sympathy for the victims of Monday's American Airlines crash that killed at least 255 people, as well as for the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. "One of the reasons for coming here is to be able to express my support for the president for his action in Afghanistan," Mandela said. He added that "it is quite correct" for Bush to punish the terrorists responsible for Sept. 11.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The White House Friday admitted that it has enacted a back-up plan to keep the federal government operational in case of a wide-scale attack on the nation's capital like the Sept. 11 attacks. President Bush's plan consists of sending civilian officials to live and work in secret bunkers outside the Washington, D.C. area.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments from area politicians regarding the death penalty in the case as well as financial reimbursement of local authorities from the Justice Department.)(CNSNews.com) - Montgomery County, Maryland, will be the first to prosecute John Allen Muhammad and 17-year-old John Lee Malvo in the serial sniper case, officials said Friday. Montgomery County is where the attacks first began. County prosecutors also plan to obtain an arrest warrant for both suspects.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - 'Freedom' and 'Liberty' are alive today, thanks to an official pardon by the White House. The lives of the two turkeys were spared Monday - one by an official pardon, the alternate was spared by default. In a Rose Garden ceremony, President Bush explained: "by custom, an alternate is always on hand to fill in if needed. This one right here, his name is Liberty. And the other turkey, an alternate, his name is Freedom. And Freedom is not here because he's in a secure and undisclosed location."
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
1st Add: Includes comments by Rep. Ben Gilman (R-NY) and background on the additional recovery funds.(CNSNews.com) - President Bush Thursday announced his commitment to rebuilding New York with another proposed $5.5 billion in aid, in addition to the $20 billion already promised the city.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Federal charges were filed Tuesday in the serial sniper case against John Allen Muhammad, one of two sniper suspects who terrorized the Washington area.The federal charges, which were filed in Greenbelt, Md. under the Hobbs Act, will allow for the death penalty for extortion of money when murder is involved. A note left by the sniper reportedly demanded $10 million. Muhammad is charged with 20 counts, including capital murder, use of a firearm that resulted death or injury and interruption of state commerce also resulting in death.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge Monday said the nation will remain on its highest alert through mid-December, the end of the Holy month of Ramadan. He noted an increase in the volume of terrorist threats in recent days. "The information we have does not point to any specific target, either in America or abroad, and it does not outline any specific type of attack," Ridge said.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Andrea Yates, the Texas mother convicted of drowning her five kids in the bathtub, was sentenced Friday to life in prison.It took less than an hour for the jury to decide that Yates' life be spared; thereby, determining that she does not constitute a continued threat to society."The jury after hearing the evidence reached the right verdict in the guilt-innocence phase of the trial, and I respect their decision in the punishment phase," said lead prosecutor Joe Owmby.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - On the same day that federal charges against the serial sniper suspects were dropped, Attorney General John Ashcroft announced that Virginia will be the first state to try the suspects.If convicted in Virginia both John Allen Muhammad and John Lee Malvo, who were turned over to Virginia authorities Thursday afternoon, could face the death penalty. The two allegedly went on a shooting spree in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The new director of the U.S. Marshal Service was sworn in Wednesday on the same day that the agency apprehended a fugitive suspected of mailing hundreds of fake anthrax letters to abortion clinics across the country. Attorney General John Ashcroft called U.S. Marshal Service Director Ben Reyna the "Michael Jordan" of the nation's oldest federal law enforcement agency.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments by the Concerned Women for America and the American Center for Law and Justice.)(CNSNews.com) - President Bush Wednesday urged the Senate to approve legislation for a total ban on human cloning. Speaking at the White House, the president said anything less than a total ban would be "unethical." Supporters of human cloning say research could provide cures for diseases like diabetes, Alzheimer's and paralysis.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Weapons inspectors are expected to arrive in Iraq on Nov. 18, according to United Nations Secretary Kofi Annan, who met with President Bush at the White House Wednesday after word that Iraq had accepted the U.N. Security Council resolution.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush Friday celebrated America's victory over the Taliban, saying the war on terrorism would end in victory, not in "truce or a treaty." He marked the 60th anniversary of Pearl Harbor by visiting veterans and crew of the USS Enterprise in Norfolk, Va. "This struggle will not end in a truce or a treaty. It will end in victory for the United States, our friends and the cause of freedom," he said to a cheering audience. Bush mocked Osama bin Laden and his followers for sending young followers to die doing their dirty work.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes additional comments by Attorney General John Ashcroft.)(CNSNews.com) - Federal authorities Tuesday arrested over 90 workers at Washington-area airports for immigration violations and lying about criminal backgrounds in order to gain access to secure areas. The investigation, called Operation Tarmac, netted workers who had security badges allowing access to planes, ramps, runways, and cargo areas at Dulles International Airport and Reagan National Airport.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - U.S. Catholic leaders Wednesday ended a two-day meeting at the Vatican agreeing zero tolerance policy towards pedophile priests. The church will determine at a later date what will happen to priests who have been accused of sexual abuse in the past."The question of the reassignment of those who have harmed children is certainly uppermost in our minds. However, the specific resolution to that particular question will be finalized when the bishops meet in June," said US Bishops Conference President Wilton Gregory.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(2nd Add: Includes reaction from the Council on American-Islamic Relations.)(CNSNews.com) - The White House today released the much-anticipated videotape of terror mastermind Osama bin Laden discussing the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the United States - a poorly shot video that shows bin Laden talking in Arabic, gesturing, even laughing at times, especially when he talks about planes hitting buildings.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - "Mental disability is not a scandal," President Bush said to an audience in Albuquerque, N.M., in an effort to urge Congress to compel health insurers to treat mental illness and medical illness in the same way. "We are making progress but ... there's a lot to do and some of the greatest health needs and obstacles and stigmas concern mental health," the president said, speaking at the University of New Mexico. "We are determined to confront the hidden suffering of Americans with mental illness."
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Since Sept. 11, many Americans have donated their dollars to charities that benefit the victims of the terrorist attacks, even so President Bush Thursday reminded Americans not to forget community-based charities this holiday season. During a visit to Martha's Table, a soup kitchen in Washington, he urged people "to find ways to contribute, not only time but money." Bush even repeated his support for faith-based initiatives.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Catholic priest at the center of the controversy surrounding Cardinal Bernard Law of the Boston archdiocese, was arrested on three counts of child rape Thursday in San Diego. Officials say Father Paul Shanley allegedly raped his victim, now a 24-year-old who has not been identified by police, between 1983 and 1990 at St. Jean Parish in Newton when the boy was between 6 and 13 years old.