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, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Two homosexual advocacy groups will argue Tuesday before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals on behalf of a homosexual father in a custody case.Lambda Legal and the National Center for Lesbian Rights will represent Ulf Hedberg, who is barred from living with his homosexual partner while raising his 12-year-old son. Hedberg and his ex-wife, who were Virginia residents at the time, separated when their son was four years old. The son lived with Hedberg and his partner, Blaise Delahoussaye, in a home they bought together in suburban Virginia.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A priest who was with Terri Schiavo in the final hours before her death said Wednesday the autopsy findings do not change the moral aspects of her death, which he called "a murder."Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life said the details of the autopsy do not change what happened to Terri. "Her physical injuries and disabilities never made her less of a person. No amount of brain injury ever justifies denying a person proper humane care. That includes food and water," said Pavone.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A legal group filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the federal government for revoking a permit issued to pro-life groups to display pro-life signs in the nation's capital this weekend, to counter an upcoming pro-abortion march.The American Center for Law and Justice, which specializes in constitutional law, filed the suit against Interior Secretary Gale Norton and the National Park Service on behalf of Rev. Patrick Mahoney and his group, the Christian Defense Coalition, along with Brandi Swindell, head of Idaho-based group Generation Life.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An Islamic civil rights group is calling on law enforcement in Virginia to treat the assault of a pregnant Muslim woman Tuesday morning as a hate crime. According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a 23-year-old Muslim woman, who is 8 months pregnant and wears an Islamic head scarf, was attacked by three white men during a morning walk in Arlington, Va.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A pro-life group is outraged at the "insensitivity" of the nation's largest abortion provider who is selling t-shirts that proudly state, "I had an abortion."Planned Parenthood's website advertises the t-shirt as "yet another t-shirt in our new social fashion line." It adds, "These soft and comfortable fitted tees assert a powerful message in support of women's rights."
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A decision by a Catholic school in Pittsburgh, Pa., to allow a "gay straight alliance" is sending the school in the "wrong direction," a conservative group said Monday.Duquesne University decided Friday to allow the homosexual activist group on campus, but the decision has angered American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA or PA), because they said homosexuality goes against the Catholic Church's teaching.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. House Thursday rejected a constitutional amendment which would ban homosexual "marriage" by failing to garner the two-thirds needed to pass the measure, which had already been rejected by the Senate.The vote was a blow to conservative and pro-family groups. Focus on the Family was "profoundly disappointed by the news" but promised "the battle for the traditional family will continue on.""Why does this disregard for our most basic social unit surprise us?" asked Focus on the Family founder and Chairman Dr. James Dobson.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An outdoor smoking ban is set to take effect in March in a California city that has outlawed smoking in all outdoor places, including sidewalks and streets, except for small outdoor "smoker outposts."The city council of Calabasas, Calif., voted unanimously for the ban, which is considered the most sweeping ban of any U.S. jurisdiction. The city council also agreed to establish a legal right of nonsmokers to be protected from secondhand smoke.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A California-based pro-family group is blasting the Canadian Supreme Court's ruling Thursday for "creating homosexual 'marriage' out of thin air."Campaign for Children and Families President Randy Thomasson called the ruling "very shabby." Thomasson said the decision is "all the more reason" for Californians "to rise up and oppose the full-blown 'homosexual marriage license' bill" introduced this week in the state Legislature.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A pro-life group Thursday said the nation's largest abortion provider plans to honor "many of the most outlandish, pro-abortion movies and books of the year."Planned Parenthood's "Maggie Award," named after founder Margaret Sanger, will honor "those who shape the public perception of reproductive rights and women's health" Thursday night, according to the website.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Maryland Court of Appeals has ruled that courts may take into account the "sexual conduct of a parent to determine whether it has an adverse impact on the child" in child visitation cases.The ruling comes as a result of a case involving a former wife, Annica Detthow, and her ex-husband, Ulf Hedberg, who is now living with a male lover. When Hedberg left Detthow for another man, a Virginia court gave him custody of their child, granted liberal visitation to his ex-wife and ordered that Hedberg no longer live with his same-sex partner.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A controversial bill that legalizes same-sex "marriage" passed a California Assembly committee Tuesday, and pro-family groups are calling for the measure to be killed.The bill, AB 1967, would create homosexual "marriage" and reject the millions of Californians who voted for Proposition 22, the Protection of Marriage Initiative."AB 1967 utterly rejects the vote of the people. AB 1967 is corrupt and any legislator who votes for it is corrupt too," said Randy Thomassaon, executive director of the Campaign for California Families.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The California Supreme Court Wednesday rejected a request by the attorney general to speed up an appeal involving same-sex marriage. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer ruled the state's marriage laws unconstitutional earlier this year. Then several lawsuits challenging the state's marriage laws were consolidated in one court before Kramer.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As more pro-life groups condemn the nation's largest abortion provider for selling a new t-shirt that states, "I had an abortion," Planned Parenthood affiliates in three states have publicly voiced their disapproval for the shirt.The fact that affiliates in Idaho, North Carolina and South Carolina object to the shirt's message affirms that most Planned Parenthood volunteers and employees don't have a true understanding of what the organization is really about, said Jim Sedlak, executive director of American Life League's STOPP International.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A gun rights group Thursday blasted Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin for accusing the U.S. of "exporting violence." The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) said Martin is treating the United States like a scapegoat for his failed leadership and for crimes committed by Canadian citizens.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Republican congressman has joined with African-American clergy and other members of Congress to demand that the House and Senate restore free speech to houses of worship.North Carolina Rep. Walter B. Jones joined with Reps. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Robin Hayes (R-N.C.) Thursday to drum up support for Jones' bill, the Houses of Worship Freedom of Speech Restoration Act (HR 235).
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Catholic group Friday decried the suspensions of the editor-in-chief and the opinions page editor of the Daily Illini, the student newspaper at the Urbana-Champaign campus of the University of Illinois, for republishing cartoons that mock the Prophet Mohammed.The Catholic League said the suspensions were hypocritical of the school's chancellor, Richard Herman, because the school did not handle "anti-Catholic fare" the same way. Herman said a discussion of the cartoons should have taken place in lieu of republishing them.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A legal group specializing in constitutional law Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to take an Ohio case where a poster of the Ten Commandments displayed inside a state judge's courtroom was declared unconstitutional. The case is the second case involving the public display of the Ten Commandments that the American Center for Law and Justice has asked the court to consider this term. The ACLJ represents Judge James DeWeese of the Richland County Common Pleas Court in Mansfield, Ohio.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was selected as the new pope to succeed Pope John Paul II Tuesday and will be known as Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Jorge Medina Estevez announced. "My dearest brothers and sisters, I announce to you a great joy - we have a pope!" Estevez said. Addressing the crowd gathered in St. Peter's Square Tuesday afternoon, Pope Benedict XVI said the cardinals elected "a simple, humble worker in God's vineyard."
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An Islamic civil rights and advocacy group is calling on North Carolina judges to allow people to use the Koran when taking an oath, saying the use of the Bible exclusively represents "an inappropriate state endorsement of religion."The request by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) comes after Guilford County judges said they would not allow use of Korans in their courtrooms.