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, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Arguments begin next week in New York City in a legal challenge filed by a pro-abortion group against Attorney General John Ashcroft regarding the partial-birth abortion ban.The National Abortion Federation and seven individual doctors, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, filed a legal challenge to the ban in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Federal courts in San Francisco and Nebraska are considering similar challenges on March 29.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A law firm representing the parents of a brain-damaged Florida woman filed a notice of appeal Friday to intervene in her husband's challenge to a new law that allowed Gov. Jeb Bush to order the woman's feeding tube to be reconnected.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A conservative group is counting down the days until Feb. 11th , when the Massachusetts Legislature will vote to approve or block the Marriage Affirmation and Protection Amendment (MA & PA) from being placed on the ballot so voters can decide whether to legalize same-sex marriage. The Family Research Center has launched its "Marriage Countdown Clock" on its website. "The amount of time we have to protect the institution of marriage in Massachusetts - and throughout America - is clearly running out," said FRC President Tony Perkins.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Urban Outfitters has announced it will no longer carry the "Jesus Dress Up" magnet sets and has cancelled an order for 2,500 more after pressure from a pro-family group, which sent a quarter million emails protesting the item.The magnet set depicts Jesus on the cross wearing only briefs and offers a variety of clothes so users can clothe him, including a Satan mask and tights, ballerina and dog-catcher outfit, a "beanie" cap, a snorkel, bunny slippers, tuxedo, and a Dr. Seuss hat.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(Editor's notes: Changes descriptor for groups urging FCC action. The following also contains references to a word that the reader may find objectionable.)(CNSNews.com) - Pro-family groups are urging action after the Federal Communications Commission's ruling that the use of the "f-word" during the 2003 Golden Globe Awards does not violate the commission's obscenity standards.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments from NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue.) (CNSNews.com) - Pro-family groups are livid about CBS' Super Bowl halftime show, in which singer Janet Jackson's performance with pop star Justin Timberlake ended with him ripping open her leather top and exposing her breast on live TV. And now the federal government plans to investigate.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A North Carolina congressman is calling on the state's schools superintendent to remove a book from elementary schools that promotes homosexual "marriage."The book, "King and King," an illustrated children's book by Linda de Haan and Stern Nijland which has been available in some North Carolina elementary schools, presents two men marrying each other as a valid lifestyle choice.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A conservative Texas student group is planning an "affirmative action" bake sale and pledge drive Wednesday to protest the creation of a new position addressing diversity at Texas A&M University.The group is opposed to the new vice president of institutional assessment and diversity position at the university. Dr. James A. Anderson will assume this post on Nov. 19.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A pro-family group has filed a lawsuit Friday against San Francisco's mayor for violating California state law on marriage by issuing of marriage licenses to homosexual couples. "State law is very clear that marriage is only for a man and a woman, as it should be," said Randy Thomasson, executive director of Campaign for California Families (CCF), a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan family issues leadership organization.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments from Louise Melling, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Reproductive Freedom Project.) (CNSNews.com) - Federal trials begin this week on the constitutionality of the partial-birth abortion ban, and a law firm defending the ban is confident it will prevail.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An American cosmetics company denies any of its Chinese sales force were fired for refusing to sign a pledge not to practice or advocate for Falun Gong, a Chinese spiritual discipline involving exercise and meditation that has been outlawed by the Chinese government.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Denver man is suing AT&T Broadband after he was fired for refusing to sign off on "tolerance" portions of the company's employee handbook that he felt violated his religious beliefs.The handbook contained a provision that "each person at AT&T Broadband is charged with the responsibility to fully recognize, respect and value the differences among all of us," including "sexual orientation."Albert Buonanno said his religious beliefs prevented him from condoning or approving of homosexuality.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes reaction from Ray Flynn, national president of Your Catholic Voice.) (CNSNews.com) - The Massachusetts Constitutional Convention Monday voted for an amendment that would create civil unions if the state's residents vote to protect marriage.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A ranking member on the House International Relations Committee Thursday accused the Mary Kay, Inc., cosmetics company of contradicting itself in its defense of a pledge that its Chinese saleswomen were asked to sign regarding the Falun Gong, a spiritual practice outlawed by the Chinese government.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A U.S. congressman is calling for an investigation into a University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill professor who allegedly defamed one of her students in an email sent to his classmates.Elyse Crystall, an instructor at the campus, allegedly sent a mass email to students enrolled in her English 22 class, charging that one of her students was a "white, heterosexist, Christian male," who felt "entitled to make violent heterosexist comments" - comments that she charged was tantamount to "hate speech" and she added she would not tolerate.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A pro-family group is calling on Congress to approve a federal marriage amendment, saying the Defense of Marriage Act is vulnerable to "activist judges."The Family Research Council has placed a full-page ad in Roll Call on the same day the House Constitution Subcommittee holds a hearing on the issue.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A public interest law firm Friday asked a federal appeals court to overturn a lower court ruling that said a Ten Commandments display outside four Ohio public schools was unconstitutional. The case stems from a lawsuit filed in 1999 challenging the display, entitled Foundations of Law and Government," which also included monuments highlighting the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Magna Carta, and the Code of Justinian. The school board included a disclaimer to the monument, saying it does not endorse religion.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - First San Francisco, Calif., now a county clerk in New Mexico's Sandoval County may begin issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples. "It is quite clear that the tyranny of four judges in Massachusetts last November has left every state and county in this nation vulnerable to having same-sex 'marriages' forced upon them," said Family Research Council President Tony Perkins in a statement Friday.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A pro-family group is criticizing an amendment to a measure that would protect traditional marriage in Minnesota.State Sen. Don Betzold's (D-Fridley) amendment would preclude the courts from defining marriage in Minnesota. "We strongly oppose Senator Betzold's amendment," said Tom Prichard, president of the Minnesota Family Council. "While supposedly protecting the traditional definition of marriage from activist judges, it would allow gay marriage in Minnesota without a vote of the people."
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A plan to turn a Florida prison into a faith-based program is raising the ire of a liberal watchdog group. Americans United for the Separation of Church and State opposes Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's plan to convert the Lawtey Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison in Bradford County, into a facility run along religious lines.