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, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Eight months after the Sept.11 attacks on the World Trade Center, New York City marked the end of cleanup and recovery efforts at Ground Zero. A bell rang out four sets of five chimes, the traditional code for a fallen comrade, at 10:29 a.m., the moment the second building collapsed. The New York Stock Exchange also observed two minutes of silence at 10:29 a.m.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Federal Aviation Administration is warning all U.S. airports and airlines to carefully search passengers' shoes after a man allegedly tried to detonate explosives in his sneakers on board a Paris to Miami flight.A man who U.S. officials identified as a 28-year-old British citizen named Richard C. Reid boarded an American Airlines flight in Paris that was later diverted to Boston's Logan International Airport Saturday after he threatened to detonate explosives in his high-top sneakers.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes additional background on the case, as well as comments by the Family Research Council and Rep. John Peterson (R-Pa.).)(CNSNews.com) - The Supreme Court Thursday ruled that public high school students who participate in extracurricular activities and sports may be subjected to random drug tests, because the schools' interest in combating drug use outweighs an individual's right to privacy.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh will be spared the death penalty, but could get life in prison if convicted of aiding and abetting terrorists, the Justice Department announced Tuesday. The charges against him include conspiracy to kill U.S. nationals overseas, providing material support and resources to designated foreign terrorist organizations including al Qaeda, and engaging in prohibited transactions with the Taliban.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Conservatives are firing back at NAACP Chairman Julian Bond for claiming the Justice Department and the Bush administration are eroding the civil rights of all Americans.Bond, who gave the keynote speech Sunday to the NAACP's national convention, ran down a familiar litany of complaints and also called black conservatives "ventriloquist dummies."
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge Monday said "it is very clear" that the deaths of two United States Postal Service employees, who worked at the same facility as the two D.C. postal workers diagnosed with inhaled anthrax, are "suspicious" and "likely due to anthrax." Both postal workers were seen by their doctors Sunday, Ridge said, they experienced respiratory complications, became critically ill and died.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - "Oklahoma City will always be one of those places in our national memory where the worst and the best both came to pass," said President George W. Bush Monday at the dedication of the $7 million museum honoring the victims of the worst terror bombing in U.S. history. "Memorials do not take away the pain. They cannot fill the emptiness, but they can make a place in time to tell the value of what was lost. The debris is gone, and the building is no more. Now this is a place of peace and remembrance and life," said President Bush.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - U.S. District Court Judge Richard Matsch Wednesday denied Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh's request for a stay of execution, keeping his date with death set for Monday June 11th. McVeigh's attorneys requested the stay after the FBI turned over thousands of new documents to them. But, Judge Matsch said newly released documents do not change the fact that he is guilty. McVeigh attorney Robert Nigh plans to appeal the ruling.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Attorney General John Ashcroft Monday said the U.S. government has received "credible" information indicating there may be additional terrorist attacks on the United States within the next week. Ashcroft said there was no specific information on what or where the attack would be, but local law enforcement agencies have been placed on the highest alert.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A California senator, heading off a trend toward domestic partnerships, civil unions, and medical benefits for sex-change surgery, is launching a new effort to protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman.Sen. William J. "Pete" Knight, a Republican, is asking other state legislators to sign a Marriage Protection Pledge "to support the marriage act in preparation for the debate on various issues coming up before the legislature concerning additional benefits to domestic partners."
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Upon hearing that the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected his request for a stay of execution, attorneys for convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh announced Thursday he will not appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court. "Mr. McVeigh does not want to proceed any further in legal actions in order to try to stop his execution," McVeigh attorney Robert Nigh said. "He had prepared himself to die prior to the initial execution date of May 16th, and he now again wants to make the final preparations necessary to be ready to die on Monday."
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta Tuesday acknowledged there has been an "unacceptable" level of problems at airport security checkpoints, but promised that government agents would do a better job of properly screening passengers and luggage. Mineta said agents with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other Transportation department agencies would inspect the screening process, and the FAA would look to hire more agents.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The California Faculty Association this week settled a lawsuit brought by two college professors from different universities who refused to pay union dues because of their religious beliefs. Seeking religious accommodation, the professors asked that their dues be sent instead to a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charity.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A faith-based homeless shelter in New Mexico is planning a 'celebration of light' on June 21 as a counterdemonstration to a worldwide voluntary blackout promoted by an environmental group. The Joy Junction, New Mexico's largest emergency homeless shelter, is holding its event to counter a voluntary blackout promoted by the Rocky Mountain chapter Sierra Club.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Speaking in front of the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial Tuesday, Attorney General John Ashcroft promised to accommodate any victims who want to see Timothy McVeigh's execution on closed-circuit television. "I'm going to do what I can to accommodate the needs of these families. That has to be done in conjunction with the need for justice in the culture," Ashcroft said. Federal prison regulations prohibit public telecasts of executions, however the Bureau of Prisons is considering the use of closed-circuit television.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Two pro-life groups staged a sit-in outside the California office of the Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday, challenging President Bush to enforce an amendment banning embryonic stem cell research.