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, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A pro-life group is applauding the Health and Human Services Department for taking steps to improve compliance with the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which protects babies "accidentally" born during abortion procedures from being killed or left to die."Congress had received testimony that some infants who had been born alive after unsuccessful abortions were left to die..." said HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt in a press release.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments from Focus on the Family.) (CNSNews.com) - The Air Force Academy does not overtly discriminate on the basis of religion, a military investigative panel said Wednesday, but it found the academy did not make an effort to accommodate all the religious needs of cadets and staff from different backgrounds.The report was the result of allegations that the academy promotes Christianity and is intolerant of other religions. Cadets who follow other religions reported being harassed by evangelical Protestants.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Abortion activists plan to confront President Bush's adviser Karen Hughes and demand an apology for remarks she made about Sept. 11 while defending the president's pro-life policies."Karen Hughes, apologize," said Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Gloria Feldt Thursday. "9/11 has no place in this discussion, and Planned Parenthood supporters will ask for an apology in person," she said.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Michael Reagan, son of former President Ronald Reagan is scheduled to speak out against embryonic stem cell research at the upcoming Republican National Convention.His brother, Ron Reagan, stirred controversy recently by speaking at the Democratic National Committee in support of the stem cell research.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Two legal groups filed amicus briefs Monday in the U.S. Supreme court case on the parental involvement laws regarding abortion.The Liberty Counsel and the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) are both asking the court to overturn an appeals court decision in Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, declaring a New Hampshire law that requires parental notification prior to an abortion performed on a minor unconstitutional.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A review of Federal Election Commission reports shows the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry received more donations from employees of Catholic universities than President George W. Bush did.The Cardinal Newman Society found that employees gave $196,025 to Kerry's campaign which was nine times the amount given to Bush, who only received $21,200 from Catholic university employees.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - It's that time of year again, not just for Christmas, but for Planned Parenthood to solicit donations and promote abortion through its "Choice on Earth" e-cards.A pro-life group said the nation's largest abortion provider has offended Christians once more by promoting the "distasteful" cards.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A conservative group is posting on its website public documents from the FDA that reveal about 600 reports of "serious complications" suffered by women who used the abortion drug RU-486.Concerned Women for America gained access to the FDA's documents through the Freedom of Information Act. The FDA removed all personal-identifying medical information from the women's medical records so the public can examine the dangers of the drug without compromising the patients' privacy.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An animal rights group is using the accidental shooting of Vice President Dick Cheney's hunting companion, Texas lawyer Harry Whittington, to take aim at hunters, calling for them to reconsider taking part in the sport "for the benefit of both humans and animals."People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) urged its members to send "polite letters" to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission and asking it to revoke Cheney's Texas hunting license.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A pro-life group is calling on young people nationwide to wear t-shirts with pro-life messages to their high schools and colleges Tuesday as part of American Life League's National Pro-Life T-shirt Day.The group's director of youth outreach, Erik Whittington, calls it "an amazing opportunity for the youth of this country to publicly express their support for the protection of each and every human being's life - from fertilization to natural death.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A group of Republican senators announced legislation Thursday designed to "stop the raid on Social Security."The measure, sponsored by 11 senators, includes personal savings accounts that workers can own and which would be fully inheritable.The bill has three goals: the Social Security surplus would only be used for Social Security, not other government programs; surpluses would be saved in personal accounts that are legally owned by workers; and the surplus would not be used to mask the true size of the national deficit.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A judge in Tampa, Fla., Thursday ruled unconstitutional the law by Gov. Jeb Bush that kept a brain-damaged woman alive.The governor's office filed an immediate appeal of Pinellas Circuit Court Judge W. Douglas Baird's ruling in the Terri Schindler Schiavo case. Schiavo's husband Michael had been fighting to remove her feeding tube saying he was carrying out his wife's wishes, but her family believes her condition could improve with therapy.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An animal activist group is evoking the memory of former President Ronald Reagan in its push for a vegetarian diet.The group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is planning to use Reagan in its billboard campaign, with the tagline, "Win One for the Gipper: Go Vegetarian. Animal Fats Double Your Risk of Alzheimer's."
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) - U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist's battle with thyroid cancer further reinforces the urgency of the "judges issue," a pro-family group said Tuesday.Rehnquist underwent treatment over the weekend, but plans to return to the bench on Nov. 1, the court said."I don't think it is too much to say that the culture may well hang in the balance with the appointment of Supreme Court justices in the coming years," Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said in a statement.
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) - A conservative group is urging the Senate to pass a bill that will increase fines for radio and television broadcasters who violate the FCC's decency standards.The Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2005, which was reintroduced last week by Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) and Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.), increases the maximum fine for broadcasters to $325,000, with a penalty cap of $3 million for any single act.
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 legal group filed a civil lawsuit Friday against Washington, D.C. Planned Parenthood and a security guard on behalf of a pro-life college student who claims he was tackled and injured while trying to exercise his First Amendment rights outside an abortion clinic in 2004.The American Center for Law and Justice filed the suit on behalf of Daniel Heenan, a Virginia resident who attends Christendom College in Front Royal, Va.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Patients who need Viagra can no longer use government money to pay for it, thanks to a measure passed by the House Friday. In a vote of 285 to 121, the U.S. House approved the bill, which would ban Medicare or Medicaid payments for the drug and similar impotency drugs.