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, 8:21 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes details on the minumum punishment for violators of the Child Online Protection Act.) (CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday heard arguments regarding the constitutionality of the Child Online Protection Act (COPA). In Ashcroft v. ACLU, the court must decide whether the law violates the First Amendment guarantee of free speech.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Organizers for this weekend's "March for Women's Lives," in the nation's capital say the demonstration is to show support for "reproductive freedom and justice for all women," but a group representing the pro-woman legacy of the early suffragettes is working to shed light on what they call the false impressions this march perpetuates.The Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life group, is mobilizing its members to encourage members of Congress to support pro-life legislation.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments from Americans United for Separation of Church and State.) (CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Supreme Court "ducked the issue" in its rejection of a legal challenge to the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance, an atheist group said Monday.American Atheists indicated Monday that it will file another lawsuit on the basis of the same constitutional issues raised in the Elk Grove Unified School District v. Newdow case.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Citing statistics on the devastation of the AIDS virus in Africa and the Caribbean, President Bush Tuesday signed a $15 billion global AIDS bill that sets aside one-third for abstinence education. "This disease falls most heavily on women and children. Nearly 60 percent of those affected by HIV in sub-Sahara Africa are women. Three-million African children under the age of 15 have the AIDS virus," he said. "And the disease has left 11 million orphans, more children than live in the entire state of California."
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin endorsed Democratic frontrunner Howard Dean Friday, the third such major political endorsement Dean has received thus far. Former Vice President Al Gore and former Sen. Bill Bradley, who lost the Democratic nomination to Gore in 2000, have both endorsed Dean. "This year, we have an exceptionally strong field of candidates. Each one is a talented well-qualified Democrat who would be a vast improvement over the current occupant of the White House," said Harkin.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Pro-family groups are joining Republican senators in calling for an end to judicial activism that they say led to Massachusetts' same-sex marriage ruling. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) is holding a hearing Wednesday on judicial activism and its impact on the issue same-sex "marriage" in the U.S. The hearing comes on the same day that a commissioner in Multnomah County, Ore., and the mayor of Nyack, N.Y., have announced plans to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Members of a black activist group are criticizing Rev. Jesse Jackson for equating the military operation in Iraq with "murder" and for claiming that the U.S. military is committing "a crime against humanity."Jackson's statements were first brought to national attention by the National Legal and Policy Center, a conservative watchdog group that is urging Coco-Cola to stop making six-figure contributions to Jackson's organizations.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry Wednesday unveiled his plan to increase the child care tax credit and expand afterschool programs to help working families.Kerry's plan would increase the child care tax credit to cover the first $5,000 of expenses per child, instead of the current $3,000 limit, and create a "School's Open Til 6" afterschool program for parents who work late.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
CORRECTION: Fixes dumpster reference in 3rd paragraph(CNSNews.com) - The Arizona Court of Appeals has rejected homosexual marriage in a case in which two homosexuals tried to gain lawful status as "married" spouses under state regulations.In his decision, Judge Timmer wrote: "Neither the United States Supreme Court nor any Arizona court has recognized that the fundamental right to marry includes the freedom to choose a same-sex spouse."
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The president of a media watchdog group is challenging NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw to a $1 million challenge over comments the anchor made during a recent interview with Columbia Journalism Review. Brokaw directly took on the Media Research Center and its president Brent Bozell, denying the credibility of their evidence of liberal bias in the press.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A pro-family group is concerned about an alliance between the nation's largest provider of abortions and the Girl Scouts.The controversy surrounds the Waco, Texas Girl Scouts organization, which has given its approval to a sex education pamphlet distributed by Planned Parenthood to children as young as 10 years old."Parents have every right to be troubled by an alliance of the Girl Scouts and an organization like Planned Parenthood," said Family Research Council Vice President for Communications Genevieve Wood.
July 7, 2008, 8:21 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Utah Supreme Court has limited the interpretation of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in a landmark punitive damages case on remand from the high court in an attempt to avoid another constitutional challenge and potential reversal, a law group dedicated to tort and liability reform said.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Catholic priest at the center of the controversy surrounding Cardinal Bernard Law of the Boston archdiocese, was arrested on three counts of child rape Thursday in San Diego. Officials say Father Paul Shanley allegedly raped his victim, now a 24-year-old who has not been identified by police, between 1983 and 1990 at St. Jean Parish in Newton when the boy was between 6 and 13 years old.
July 7, 2008, 8:20 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Since Sept. 11, many Americans have donated their dollars to charities that benefit the victims of the terrorist attacks, even so President Bush Thursday reminded Americans not to forget community-based charities this holiday season. During a visit to Martha's Table, a soup kitchen in Washington, he urged people "to find ways to contribute, not only time but money." Bush even repeated his support for faith-based initiatives.
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) - In what is considered to be the first wrongful death suit stemming from the Sept. 11 attacks, the widow of a passenger who perished on the hijacked United Airlines plane that flew into the World Trade Center is suing the airline.The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Manhattan federal court, blames the airline for breaching its duty to care for the safety of the passengers of Flight 175. Ellen Mariani of New Hampshire, whose husband Louis was killed in the attack, is seeking unspecified damages.
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 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
(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, 8:20 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.