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, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush Monday addressed pro-life demonstrators on Capitol Hill marking the 33rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, congratulating them on the progress made in the pro-life movement. In a telephone call from Manhattan, Kan., the president said he and other pro-life supporters believe "that every human life has value, that the strong have a duty to protect the weak, and that the self-evident truths of the Declaration of Independence apply to everyone, not just to those considered healthy or wanted or convenient."
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush Tuesday expressed support for granting civil unions to homosexuals and indicated that the decision should be left up to states, putting him at odds with conservatives and pro-family groups.During an ABC interview on Tuesday, Bush said, "I don't think we should deny people rights to a civil union, a legal arrangement, if that's what a state chooses to do so."
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Rhode Island has banned an abstinence-only-until-marriage program from public schools, saying the program violates students' rights, embraces sexist stereotypes, and isolates homosexual teens.Education Commissioner Peter McWalters issued a directive last week in a letter to schools ordering them not to use the program or the associated materials. He said classes taught by Heritage of Rhode Island were never approved by state officials and his office would create a panel to review the HIV/AIDS curricula of all schools in the state.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A religious watchdog group is blasting the Bush administration for re-submitting the nominations of judges the group has urged the Senate to defeat. On Monday, Bush re-nominated 20 failed judicial nominees, some of which have been denounced by liberals as "right-wing extremists."Americans United for Separation of Church and State Tuesday criticized the Bush administration's "stubbornness" for re-submitting William Pryor and Janice Rogers Brown for nomination to the federal bench.
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) - 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 federal court in Nebraska Thursday declared the state's voter-approved marriage amendment unconstitutional after a challenge by two homosexual advocacy groups - Lambda Legal and the American Civil Liberties Union's Lesbian and Gay Project.
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) - A pro-family group plans to bring a message of hope to homosexuals through its upcoming conference in Raleigh, N.C. - "there is a way out of unwanted homosexuality."Focus on the Family is weathering opposition from liberal activists, including homosexuals and the local chapter of the National Organization for Women, to bring its 28th international Love Won Out conference to the city's Crossroads Fellowship on June 12.
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 Reuters news service editor sent an e-mail to a pro-life group last week, criticizing the group's stance on abortion as well as its support of the Bush administration. The angry email has prompted the pro-life group to question the editor's journalistic integrity.
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 religious watchdog group said Wednesday Rev. Jerry Falwell's plan to launch The Faith and Values Coalition, is "just another fund-raising vehicle." Americans United for the Separation of Church and States said Falwell is "wrong in assuming that Americans agree with his goals" of barring same-sex marriage, pushing for pro-life judicial appointments and electing another conservative to the White House in four years.
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."