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
(CNSNews.com) - Sixteen Democratic governors Wednesday sent a letter to President Bush calling on him to take immediate action to provide relief from high gas prices and to break the nation's oil dependency.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Oregon Supreme Court Thursday upheld the state's marriage laws and invalidated 3,000 marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples in Multnomah County last year.On March 3, 2004, the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners began issuing the marriage licenses illegally. In Dec. 2, 2004, a voter-approved amendment, Ballot Measure 36, was adopted to the state constitution, defining marriage as "between one man and one woman."
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In a vote of 221-184, the House Friday approved a measure designed to withhold half of U.S. dues to the United Nations unless the world body changes the way it operates.The bill, proposed by Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.), would allow the U.S. to pressure the U.N. to crack down on members that engage in acts like genocide or crimes against humanity, for example, by threatening that country's U.N. membership and impose arms and trade embargoes.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An Islamic civil rights group is urging U.S. soldiers not to attack a shrine in the Iraqi holy city of Najaf, where cleric Moqtada al-Sadr is holed up, pledging to fight to the death.The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is calling for negotiations to end the fighting."An attack by U.S. forces on the Imam Ali shrine, and the inevitable damage and civilian casualties resulting from such an attack, would only serve to further harm America's image in Iraq and throughout the Muslim world," CAIR said in a statement.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - First Lady Laura Bush visited refugees from New Orleans at a shelter in Lafayette, La., where over 6,000 people have been given shelter and had their needs met.Children from New Orleans can register for school in Lafayette, the first lady said. Officials are inside the center registering students, and classes will begin on Wednesday, she said.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A religious watchdog group is calling on the U.S. House to reject a "court-stripping" bill blocking federal lawsuits involving the Pledge of Allegiance.The House votes this week on H.R. 2028, dubbed the "Pledge Protection Act." Americans United for Separation of Church and State called the bill "extreme and unwise" in a letter to congressmen Tuesday. The group said it will threaten the independence of the judiciary and the rights of religious minorities.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments from House Speaker Dennis Hastert.) (CNSNews.com) - Ben Bernanke, President Bush's choice to succeed Alan Greenspan as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, pledged Monday to continue "the policies and policy strategies established" during Greenspan's tenure as head of the Fed.Bernanke, a former member of the Federal Reserve System's board of governors, became chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers in June 2005. He will take his post after Greenspan's term is up at the end of January.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A medical group that supports what it calls "therapeutic cloning" praised the United Nations for failing to approve a global ban on all forms of human cloning. The treaty, led by Costa Rico and the U.S., did not have enough support to draw consensus.The Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research (CAMR), which is made up of 90 nationally recognized patient groups, universities, and scientific societies, led the charge to support U.S. federal funding of embryonic stem cell research as well as efforts opposing a U.S. ban on "therapeutic cloning."
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The city of Calabasas, Calif., voted unanimously Wednesday night to ban smoking in all outdoor places, including sidewalks and streets, except for small outdoor "smoker outposts."The "smoker outposts" would be established by businesses in areas like parking lots. Smokers can also smoke when no one else is around or expected. The ban is considered the most sweeping ban of any U.S. jurisdiction.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The head of the Senate Finance Committee Monday praised President Bush's efforts to cut the deficit, pointing out that during former President Clinton's time in office, some government programs had annual increases of as much as 15 percent. "The country can't sustain that kind of spending, and we need to continue ramping down annual increases in congressional appropriations," said Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), adding that he agrees with Bush's plan to make the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts permanent.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Porter Goss, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, announced his resignation Friday. The former Florida congressman served as CIA director since April 21, 2005.Goss' tenure "was one of transition," and he helped the CIA "become integrated into the intelligence community," President Bush said. Goss had "a tough job." Goss had "a five-year plan to increase the number of analysts and operatives," which will help keep the country secure, the Bush added.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An Arizona bill designed to teach gun safety to children has been signed into law by Gov. Janet Napolitano. Arizona State Senate Bill 1271 was unanimously approved by the state Senate and passed the state House by a three-to-one margin. The law requires high schools to offer a gun-safety class as an elective, giving students credit toward a high school diploma. A "shoot safely" requirement was included in the bill as a statutory rule to prevent gun control advocates from changing it.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Forty-one years ago to the day that three civil rights workers were murdered, an 80-year-old Ku Klux Klansman was convicted Tuesday of manslaughter in Philadelphia, Miss.Edgar Ray Killen was found guilty of the slayings of James Chaney, a black man from Mississippi, and Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, both white men from New York, who were ambushed, shot and beaten on June 21, 1964. The bodies of Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner were found 44 days later buried in a dam. The case sparked the 1988 movie "Mississippi Burning."
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush, speaking at his ranch in Crawford, Texas on Monday, denounced all ads run by 527 groups, including the ads run by the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, which attack Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry's military record, saying "this kind of unregulated soft money is wrong for the process.""I'm denouncing ... all the stuff being on TV, all the 527s. That's what I said," Bush said. He also called on Kerry to join him in "getting rid of all that soft money, not only on TV, but used for other purposes as well."
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A consumer group is praising California Attorney General Bill Lockyer for subpoenaing oil company executives and investigating gas price gouging allegations.The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) issued a report Thursday claiming that oil company profiteering is behind the recent spike in gas prices in the state.The report done by petroleum industry analyst Tim Hamilton shows gas prices jumped 65 cents a gallon from Jan. 17 to April 18, 2005. Refiner profits shot up 61 cents a gallon, the study said.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In a vote of 247 to 173, the House Thursday passed a bill that would prevent all courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, from ruling on whether the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance case violate the Constitution.The Pledge Protection Act, H.R. 2028, was sponsored by Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.).Religious watchdog group Americans United for Separation of Church and State was disappointed with the news, having urged lawmakers earlier to defeat the bill and calling the measure "extreme and unwise."
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - While anti-war protesters are busy planning a vigil outside the White House to mark the death of the 2,000th U.S. soldier in Iraq, a homosexual advocacy group announced Tuesday that more than 25 of those killed were homosexual.Statistician Gary Gates estimated that more than 65,000 homosexuals are serving on active duty, in the National Guard and reserves."Lesbian and gay soldiers are fighting and dying in Iraq, too," said C. Dixon Osburn, executive director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN).
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
(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.