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, 8:06 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.
July 7, 2008, 8:06 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments from Focus on the Family and Concerned Women for America.) (CNSNews.com) - As expected, President Bush Wednesday vetoed a measure that would expand federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, similar to a bill he vetoed a year before.America was "founded on the principle that all human life is sacred," Bush said, "and our conscience calls us to pursue the possibilities of science in a manner that respects human dignity and upholds our moral values."
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A bill to be introduced Wednesday in Congress would protect the privacy of the families of fallen military men and women at funerals. Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas), House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Steve Buyer (R-Ind.), and Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) will be joined by other co-sponsors on Capitol Hill Wednesday as they announce the legislation.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In a vote of 279-149, the U.S. House Thursday passed a class-action lawsuit reform measure that would transfer most large multi-state lawsuits to federal court.The Senate passed the bill last week. Lawsuit reform was one of President Bush's second-term goals. "I'm pleased to join my colleagues here today who support taking a historic first step towards breaking one of the main shackles holding back our economy and America's workforce - lawsuit abuse," said House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) in a statement Thursday.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A group of homosexual activists plan to protest Mass at Catholic churches nationwide Sunday in opposition to the church's stance on homosexuality. The group, Rainbow Sash, explained on its website that they "stand opposed to homophobia at the Eucharistic table" and "make no apologies for God's gift of our sexuality." The group encourages its members to wear the Rainbow Sash in a parish or cathedral as "an act of faith in the Lord, who works through weakness."
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A federal judge Tuesday ruled the partial-birth abortion ban unconstitutional, saying it infringes on a woman's right to choose. In the first federal challenge to the law, U.S. District Court Judge Phyllis Hamilton sided with Planned Parenthood in its lawsuit against the federal government, which had defended the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003. Similar challenges have been filed in New York and Nebraska.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A gun rights group condemned a decision by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to suspend the Phoenix, Ariz., rescue team from Hurricane Katrina relief efforts for using four armed police officers to accompany them while traveling to Louisiana.Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said FEMA "flunked the personality test" for suspending the Phoenix Fire Department's Urban Search and Rescue team. The group criticized FEMA also for not stepping in when police officers were disarming law-abiding citizens in New Orleans.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The FBI and the Homeland Security Department issued a nationwide terrorism bulletin Friday warning that al Qaeda may target Veterans Affairs hospitals. No credible intelligence exists about a specific threat against VA hospitals, but, according to the bulletin, there were reports of suspicious activity at medical facilities across the country, including "possible reconnaissance activities" this year at military medical facilities in Bethesda, Md., and Aurora, Colo.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A gun rights group Tuesday applauded Canadian gun owners for being "pivotal in throwing out Liberal members of Parliament."After 12 years of liberal rule, Canadian Conservative Stephen Harper won Monday's election, beating Prime Minister Paul Martin, who announced Tuesday that he would step down as his party's leader.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Catholic group is launching an ad campaign in Ohio criticizing President Bush for "failure of moral leadership," citing the increased casualties in Iraq, "the torture and rendition of detainees, the growing number of families in poverty and rising abortion rates."
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) - Conservative and pro-life groups Wednesday welcomed news that a Florida judge has issued an emergency stay in the Terri Schindler Schiavo case preventing her husband from removing her feeding tube until 5pm Friday, but the groups said the temporary stay is not enough."The same judge who may eventually sign Terri Schiavo's death warrant today issued a temporary reprieve allowing her feeding tube to stay in place for at least two more days," said Focus on the Family founder and Chairman James Dobson in a statement.