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, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The 47-year-old Indiana man who "fired a number of shots" outside the "southernmost tip" of the White House fence late Wednesday morning sued the IRS. The Associated Press reported that Robert Pickett was fired from his job at the IRS in the mid-1980's and then sued the government. "He sued the whole world," said Joseph Yocum, the Evansville attorney who represented Pickett in his case against the IRS. "I think he even sued a federal judge, the attorney general...For want of a better term, he was upset at a number of things."
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The attorneys for convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh announced Thursday he is giving them permission to seek a stay of execution on his behalf. "It is upon principle that Mr. McVeigh has decided to seek court relief, and it is based upon the government's failure to produce evidence in his case," said attorney Robert Nigh. "He is convinced that the Department of Justice and the FBI will not otherwise be held to account unless he takes this action," he said.
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July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
Capitol Hill (CNSNews.com) - The U.S. House of Representatives has reserved back-up office space in the event that House office buildings remain closed Tuesday due to concerns over the possible presence of anthrax. "In the event that we cannot open the office buildings, and we don't know that yet - we might be able to - but in the event we can't, we have back-up facilities at (the General Accounting Office)," said Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio), chairman of the House Administration Committee. More to follow.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In an effort to answer questions and dispel myths surrounding the Vietnam War, two House members have introduced a bill to establish a Vietnam Veterans Memorial Education Center in Washington, DC.The center would be incorporated into the current Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which is located on the west end of the National Mall and draws more than four million visitors each year, according to government estimates.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
(Editor's note: 1st add includes comments by McVeigh attorney Nathan Chambers after the filing of the petition for stay of execution.)(CNSNews.com) - The attorneys for convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh announced Thursday he is giving them permission to seek a stay of execution on his behalf. "It is upon principle that Mr. McVeigh has decided to seek court relief, and it is based upon the government's failure to produce evidence in his case," said attorney Robert Nigh.
July 7, 2008, 8:19 PM EDT
Washington (CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Capitol is open to members of Congress, staff, and visitors with official business Monday, but all House and Senate office buildings remain closed. On Sunday, health officials announced a U.S. Postal Service employee, who works at the Washington, D.C. facility where congressional mail is processed, has tested positive for inhalation anthrax, the most serious form of the disease. Full Story
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.