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, 8:06 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In a 5 to 4 decision, the Supreme Court Monday blocked a lawsuit by atheists and agnostics against the White House's faith-based initiative, which helps religious charities get federal grants. The suit targeted eight Bush administration officials, including the head of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.
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) - The San Bernardino City Unified School District in California has announced that it is not planning to and never considered a proposal to incorporate Ebonics into the school district's curriculum."There is not now, nor was there ever any intention to include Ebonics as part of that program," said Corina Borsuk, a spokeswoman for the school district. A July 17 article in the San Bernardino County Sun reported that the school's new policy would incorporate Ebonics to help low-achieving black students excel academically.
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) - A U.S. Islamic group is calling on the Pentagon to conduct a "top-to-bottom" review of its policies following a report that U.S. soldiers burned the bodies of two Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.An Australian television network ran footage purportedly showing soldiers burning the bodies in the hills outside the village of Gobaz, located near the Taliban home of Kandahar. The alleged incident is reported to have taken place on Oct. 1.
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) - A pro-life group is filing lawsuits on behalf of four Illinois pharmacists who were fired from Walgreens for their opposition to filling prescriptions for the morning-after pill.Americans United for Life (AUL) said the plaintiffs were asked to sign a paper agreeing to dispense the drug, which they believe can cause abortions in early pregnancies. When they refused to sign the paper, they were terminated. Those firings violated the Illinois Rights of Conscience Act, AUL claimed.
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) - The United Church of Christ is urging a television cable network that caters to homosexuals to rethink its decision not to air their pro-homosexuality ad. LOGO, a Viacom-owned network operated by MTV, rejected the UCC ad because of its "political nature," according to a sales associate's e-mail response on March 30. When asked for an official reason, MTV networks said: "Our guidelines state we will not accept religious advertisements that may be deemed as disparaging to another religion."
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
(1st Add: Includes comments from the American Center for Law and Justice.)(CNSNews.com) - On the same day the Massachusetts courts will invalidate the state's marriage laws to include same-sex "marriage," a pro-family group plans to release new data that showing support is growing among Americans for a marriage amendment that would establish marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In a vote of 65-31, the Senate Friday passed the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (S.397), a measure designed to shield gun makers, dealers, and importers from lawsuits filed by crime victims. The bill's sponsor, Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho), said the bill "says go after the criminal, don't go after the law-abiding gun manufacturer or the law-abiding gun seller." Critics, like Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) accused the GOP and the Bush administration of using the bill as a "payback" to the National Rifle Association.
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) - A homosexual advocacy group is applauding a Kansas Supreme Court decision Friday to overturn the criminal sodomy conviction of a teenager. The court issued its ruling relying on the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down sodomy laws and a friend-of-the-court brief citing medical studies about the transmission of HIV.
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) - Coretta Scott King, the widow of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., died in her sleep, her family announced on Tuesday morning. Mrs. King's family, describing Coretta as "the first lady of human and civil rights," said she died Monday evening while in Mexico for observation and consideration of treatment for ovarian cancer. She was considered terminal by doctors in the U.S."We appreciate the prayers and condolence[s] from people across the country," the family's statement said.
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) - A religious watchdog group applauded the departure of White House "faith czar" James Towey on Tuesday and called on President Bush to close the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.Towey, who served as assistant to the president and director of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives since 2002, is leaving to become the 16th president of Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa., beginning July 1.
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.