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) - 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) - 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) - It was one month ago that Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) announced he would enter rehab for an addiction to prescription painkillers following a run-in with police after crashing his car near Capitol Hill. Today, Kennedy is out of rehab and returns to work. On Monday, Kennedy thanked supporters in Providence, R.I., after leaving the Mayo Clinic last week. "On June 2/super nd/nosupersub , I concluded my treatment at the Mayo Clinic. I recognize that 'concluded' is not a word that I'll ever be able to use when it comes to my aftercare," said Kennedy.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Praise poured in Tuesday for the selection of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, to succeed Pope John Paul II. The Catholic League Tuesday said the selection of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as the new pope is a "cause for great celebration," which "sends an unmistakable message."
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A federal district court in Maryland ruled Tuesday that a Ten Commandments display in a park in Frederick is constitutional.The display, owned by the Fraternal Order of Eagles, was challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union, which ended up dropping its lawsuit, but Americans United for the Separation of Church and State filed a suit in June 2003 challenging the validity of the sale of the monument and the land on which it stood from the city to the FOE.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Shortly after former Sen. Max Cleland called on President Bush Wednesday to repudiate the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ads which criticize Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, a group of veterans and congressmen unveiled a letter written to Kerry criticizing his voting record on issues affecting the military.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(Editor's note: Fixes reference to Cuban dictator Fidel Castro's offer.)(CNSNews.com) - A black activist group which spearheaded a search and rescue mission in New Orleans for victims of Hurricane Katrina said the media has not been accurately reporting the conditions in the region. The New Black Panther Party and its attorney Malik Zulu Shabazz sent buses and relief supplies to the areas so over 500 people could be rescued.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh plans to "seek further appellate review" of a Florida appeals court decision Wednesday, which upheld the seizure of his medical records while investigators sought information on alleged illegal drug use."The state's authority to seize such records by a validly issued search warrant is not affected by any right of privacy in such records," a three-judge panel of the 4th District Court of Appeal ruled. Chief Judge Gary M. Farmer wrote the opinion and Judge Carol Y. Taylor agreed.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments from Rep. Jerrold Nadler.) (CNSNews.com) - Democrats seized on news Friday that Vice President Dick Cheney's Chief of Staff I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby was indicted on five counts in the Valerie Plame case, with some accusing the Bush administration of conspiring to lie to the American people about the war in Iraq. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) called the indictment "evidence of White House corruption at the very highest levels far from the 'honor and dignity' the president pledged to restore to Washington just five years ago."
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.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush expressed confidence during a trip to New Mexico Tuesday that lawmakers will find a compromise on immigration reform legislation. But Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) criticized the president's trip, saying: "Unfortunately, a photo-op in New Mexico won't make Republicans in Washington, D.C., support comprehensive reform."Congress must decide on a compromise between a House bill that is strong on border security and a Senate bill that lets illegal immigrants get temporary work permits so they can work inside the U.S.
July 7, 2008, 8:22 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Not everyone had words of praise for the selection of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as the new pope. A homosexual advocacy group expressed "concern" that Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, "does not present a hopeful vision of the future or inspire optimism for affirming language, policies or outreach." Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) noted that Ratzinger "authored a Vatican document condemning marriage and adoption by gay men and lesbians in July 2003."