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.

My Articles

July 7, 2008, 8:09 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - About a thousand protesters from anarchist and Marxist groups tore down a section of a chain link fence outside Quebec City's Summit of the Americas in Canada Friday where President George W. Bush arrived for a three-day summit with leaders from 33 other nations to talk about free trade.Police in riot gear formed a human chain where the fence once stood and released tear gas on the protesters who threw cans, bottles and rocks at police.
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) - 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) - 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) - 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) - 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.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A homosexual advocacy group is again hoping to take part in Monday's annual White House Easter Egg Roll, but they won't be the only activist group pushing a cause. Anti-war campaigners plan to hold their own event on the North Lawn, complete with pretend cluster bombs.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider, marked its 90th anniversary Monday, but a pro-life group wondered why anyone would want to "celebrate" a group that has killed millions of babies through abortion."Over the past 90 years, Planned Parenthood has managed to kill millions of pre-born children through abortion, push dangerous contraceptives on women and teens and saturate our culture with sexual promiscuity," said Jim Sedlak, vice president of the American Life League, in a press release.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The House Wednesday approved a bill to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill in what is considered the first major federal gun control legislation in over a decade. This comes as a panel ordered by President Bush to investigate the Virginia Tech shootings unveiled its findings Wednesday afternoon.The measure closes a loophole that allowed Virginia Tech shooter Cho Seung-Hui to legally purchase two weapons which he used to kill 32 students and faculty members at the school.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that homosexuals deserve the same rights as heterosexuals, but the state Legislature must decide whether to give same-sex couples the right to legally "marry" or create civil unions."The Court holds that under the equal protection guarantee of Article I, Paragraph 1 of the New Jersey Constitution, committed same-sex couples must be afforded on equal terms the same rights and benefits enjoyed by opposite-sex couples under the civil marriage statutes," the court said in its ruling.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A vote Thursday by the Massachusetts Legislature denying voters the chance to decide whether same-sex "marriage" should be banned in the state will embolden its supporters to take "the destruction of marriage across state lines, " a pro-family group said.Fifty votes were required to place the issue on the 2008 statewide ballot, but only 45 votes were recorded in favor of the move, with 151 opposing it.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Actor Michael J. Fox's ad campaign in favor of embryonic stem cell research appears to be having a political effect, according to a new study.The study conducted Oct. 24 to 25 by HCD Research and Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion shows that support for embryonic stem cell research among U.S. voters went up after they viewed the ad. Respondents were asked to view the ad and complete pre- and post-view questioning.