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, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A U.S. Islamic advocacy group Tuesday called on the country's largest retailer to stop selling a video game it says glorifies religious violence and could negatively affect interfaith relations. The game, "Left Behind: Eternal Forces," is described on the game's website as a real-time strategy game based on the best-selling book series "Left Behind."
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A black conservative leader is taking liberal black leaders to task for "attempting to recreate the civil rights movement by equating the 'Jena 6 thugs' to Rosa Parks."Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, a talk show host, author and president of BOND (Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny), said in a press release that the recent congressional hearing on the 'Jena 6' case of six black students charged in the unprovoked beating of a white classmate, was a "disgrace."
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An animal rights activist group has launched an ad campaign to promote its opposition to animal research even if that research could produce a cure for AIDS.People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is running ads on the Washington, D.C. Metro system, quoting PETA President and co-founder Ingrid Newkirk as saying, "Even if animal research resulted in a cure for AIDS, we'd be against it."The Center for Consumer Freedom said PETA's ads make it clear that given the choice between rodents and curing sick people, rodents take precedence.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A new study has found that stem cells are in plentiful supply in amniotic fluid, but at a time the charged issue of experimentation involving human embryos is back on the political agenda in the U.S., a group that favors the controversial research insisted Monday the discovery does not make embryonic stem cells (ESC) obsolete.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The nation's largest pro-life group is calling on Congress to stop giving taxpayer dollars to organizations that perform abortions by passing one of two bills designed to ban the funding of abortion. The Title X Family Planning Act (S.351) sponsored by Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), or the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act (H.R. 4133) sponsored by Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), would deny federal family planning funds to non-hospitals that perform abortions, with narrow exceptions.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(Correction and clarification: The Center for Consumer Freedom, not PETA, is running ads in Washington's Metro system; and the story now reflects the clashing agendas of the two groups mentioned below.)(CNSNews.com) - A group that represents the interests of restaurants and food companies is running ads in the Washington, D.C., Metro system, blasting People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals for its opposition to medical research involving animals.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A homosexual advocacy group expressed "deep concern" Friday over news that former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D-Tenn.) will replace outgoing Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack as chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council, citing Ford's stance on homosexual issues. The National Stonewall Democrats told the DLC Ford has a "poor record on issues that impact LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] families."
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The president of Southwestern Oklahoma State University denied Friday that the school has a ban on the word "Christmas" or Christmas decorations.This comes after the Liberty Counsel, a religious liberties law firm, sent a letter to the university after receiving a complaint from an affiliate. According to the Liberty Counsel, David Misak, the director of human resources, informed university employees that any decorations featuring the words "Christ" or "Christmas" in any work or public area of the school must be removed.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A new law reportedly passed by the Iranian Parliament is drawing comparisons to the Holocaust because it requires Jews, Christians and other religious minorities to wear colored badges to identify them as non-Muslim. But Iran's only Jewish Member of Parliament said the report is "a lie." "This report is a complete fabrication and is totally false," Agence France-Presse quoted Maurice Motammed as saying in Tehran. "It is a lie, and the people who invented it wanted to make political gain" by doing so.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - It's a medical first - a 14-year-old German boy became the youngest patient in history to begin treatment to prepare him for a sex change, but a conservative group says the boy's parents and doctors have been unfairly influenced by the homosexual lobby. Tim, who now goes by the name, Kim, said he wanted to have the surgery since he was 12, but that he considered himself a female since the age of two. He has already begun receiving hormonal therapy, in preparation for the operation which entails the surgical removal of his genital organs.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A drug-resistant strain of a deadly staph infection found in some U.S. hospitals is now spreading among homosexual men, researchers said. A conservative group has characterized the problem as the result of "unnatural behaviors."
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Pennsylvania's Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved a ban on same-sex marriage, but conservatives say they weakened the bill by changing the language to allow civil unions between homosexuals."If the Senate is not willing to deal with the issue of marriage in its entirety - same-sex marriage and civil unions - then they send the clear message to their constituents that they are not willing to take the tough stand necessary to protect one man one woman marriage," said American Family Association of Pennsylvania President Diane Gramley.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An anti-Wal-Mart group is applauding an appeals court panel's 2-1 decision to approve class action status for a sexual discrimination case against the retail giant. But the dissenting judge on the panel said the evidence in the case was weak. Dukes v. Wal-Mart is considered the largest ever group suit for gender discrimination. The suit claims the retail chain paid women less than their male counterparts and discriminated against them in promotions.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush Thursday signed a decency bill into law that increases tenfold the fines levied against broadcasters who violate decency standards with profane or sexual material. The new fine is $325,000 per violation, instead of $32,500. During the signing ceremony, Bush said "parents have the final responsibility over the television shows that their children watch, or the websites they visit, or the music they listen to."
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Provocative commentator Ann Coulter's remarks about Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards have sparked controversy not only among her customary critics, but among conservatives as well.Speaking to an audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington on Friday, Coulter said, "I was going to have a few comments on the other Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, but it turns out you have to go into rehab if you use the word 'faggot,' so I ... can't really talk about Edwards."
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In a vote of 317 to 93, the House Tuesday approved a bill that would prevent people from using credit cards online to gamble. The bill, sponsored by Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Jim Leach (R-Iowa), makes it clear that gambling online is illegal, with the exception of horse racing and state lotteries."This legislation provides real protection to American families from destructive and unlawful Internet gambling," said Family Research Council Vice President for Government Affairs Tom McClusky in a statement.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - South Carolina's state House will consider a bill this week requiring a mother planning to undergo an abortion to view an ultrasound of her unborn baby beforehand.Republican state Rep. Greg Delleney, the main sponsor of the amendment, said he's "trying to save lives and protect people from regret." The bill will also "inform women with the most accurate non-judgmental information," Delleney was quoted as saying, according to WLTX-TV.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The recent spike in violent crime in the nation's capital is the direct result of the District of Columbia's gun ban, a gun rights group said Thursday. D.C. Police Chief Charles Ramsey declared a "crime emergency" Tuesday following a spike in violent crime in which two separate groups of tourists were robbed by two armed men on the National Mall. On Sunday, a British political activist had his throat slashed in the Georgetown section of the city.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Manhattan art gallery cancelled plans Friday to exhibit a life-sized naked Jesus made out of chocolate during the Easter season after news of the exhibit ignited anger among the Catholic community.The "My Sweet Lord" display was created by artist Cosimo Cavallaro and made out of more than 200 pounds of chocolate. It shows Christ stretched out as if on the cross.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A faith-based doctors group criticized the Food and Drug Administration Thursday for its decision to make the Plan B emergency contraception available over-the-counter, saying it was influenced by political pressure.The Christian Medical Association, the nation's largest faith-based association of doctors, said it opposes the decision to allow the "morning-after pill" to be purchased without a prescription and doctor's oversight for women over 18. In fact, the group said the FDA made the same mistake with the abortion pill RU-486.