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, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The parents of an eight-year-old Colorado boy are suing his former elementary school for allegedly strip-searching him to look for signs of child abuse. Based on a complaint, Nick Tassitano's teacher along with Vice Principal Greg Grote of Odea Elementary School in Fort Collins pulled him into an office and pulled down his pants. Grote "took my underwear and looked if there were any scars or scratches," the boy said.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Lawmakers were cleared for re-entry into the U.S. Capitol building Wednesday evening after it was evacuated because of a bomb scare in the Hart Senate Office Building. In New York City, the FBI arrested one man who had false identification and detained several others at the Kennedy airport.While the Capitol was being evacuated Vice President Dick Cheney was moved to Camp David "as a precautionary measure," according to a spokeswoman.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The 24 aviators detained since April 1 on China's Hainan Island will soon be heading home. The plane landed on the island around 6 p.m. EST and refueled before the crew boarded. They are expected to leave for Guam within an hour.Speaking in Greenville, N.C. Wednesday evening, President Bush said, "I'm pleased to report that a commercial charter airplane is close to landing in Hainan Island." His announcement was met with applause from the crowd who cheered "USA!"
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
2nd Add: includes more detail on the emergency aid approved by Congress.(CNSNews.com) - During a service attended by former presidents, lawmakers, and other government leaders, President Bush Friday led the nation in prayer and mourning for the victims of Tuesday's terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington. "War has been waged against us by stealth and deceit and murder. This nation is peaceful, but fierce when stirred to anger," he said. "This conflict was begun on the timing and terms of others. It will end in a way, and at an hour, of our choosing."
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The freed crew of the U.S. Navy aircraft downed in China has arrived at the Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii aboard the C-17 Globemaster "Spirit of Bob Hope" around 12:30 p.m. EST Thursday to a cheering crowd. Lt. Shane Osborn, the pilot of the U.S. reconnaissance plane said, "We're definitely glad to be back." He said he and the rest of the crew were healthy and anxious to get home. "On behalf of Combat Reconnaissance Crew 1, I'd like to thank you once again, and God bless America," Osborn said.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Federal investigators say they have reason to believe Atlanta may have been a target by the terrorists responsible for the carnage at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, press reports say.Officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told the Associated Press that information obtained during FBI interviews of people who knew the hijackers indicated that the city had been chosen for an attack. Investigators say they're searching for 100 people they want to question in connection with the attacks.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The voters have spoken in Mississippi, and they've told their leaders to leave the state flag alone. By a 2-to-1 margin, voters said they want to keep the Confederate battle symbol on the state flag, even though critics call the emblem racist and have threatened economic boycotts. Tuesday's vote - the first time a state flag question has been answered in the form of a voter referendum - was 488,630 to 267,812, largely split along racial lines.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Greyhound says the bus crash that killed six passengers and injured 34 others on board was the "result of an isolated act by a single deranged individual," a man carrying a Croatian passport, who slashed the throat of the bus driver Wednesday morning in rural Tennessee.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - CBS received a failing grade for its allegedly biased coverage of President Bush's first 100 days in office, according to a Washington-based media watchdog. Two other networks, ABC and NBC, received a "C minus" and "B minus," respectively.For example, CBS' John Roberts cited and quoted a critique of the Bush tax cut given by Citizens for Tax Justice's Robert McIntyre without labeling him a liberal.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A 63-year-old man hospitalized with anthrax in Florida is an 'isolated case,' Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson said Thursday. The Lantana, Fla., man, whose name has not been released, checked into the hospital on Tuesday with what was initially believed to be meningitis. After testing and x-rays, doctors concluded he had pulmonary anthrax, an extremely lethal disease, but treatable with antibiotics.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Supreme Court ruling gives "landmark" churches the latitude they may need to get around local landmark preservation laws, in cases where the churches want to remodel or expand.The ruling means those churches won't be subjected to unnecessary governmental interference, said an attorney specializing in the defense of religious freedom.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush Thursday night assured Americans that the military is doing everything in its power to "defeat the evildoers where they hide." He also responded to concerns regarding the FBI's warning of a general threat that could take place over the next several days. "If we receive specific intelligence that targets a specific building or city or facility, I can assure you our government will do everything possible to protect the citizens," Bush said in his first prime-time news conference of his presidency.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Cincinnati grand jury Monday charged a police officer with negligent homicide in the shooting death of an unarmed black man the same day that the Justice Department announced plans to launch an investigation of the Cincinnati Police Department. "This charge states that on April the 7th, 2001, Officer Steven Roach negligently caused the death of Timothy Thomas by means of a deadly weapon. This is a misdemeanor in the 1st degree punishable by up to 6 months in jail," said Hamilton County prosecutor Michael Allen.