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) - A pro-life group is applauding the Health and Human Services Department for taking steps to improve compliance with the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which protects babies "accidentally" born during abortion procedures from being killed or left to die."Congress had received testimony that some infants who had been born alive after unsuccessful abortions were left to die..." said HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt in a press release.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments from Focus on the Family.) (CNSNews.com) - The Air Force Academy does not overtly discriminate on the basis of religion, a military investigative panel said Wednesday, but it found the academy did not make an effort to accommodate all the religious needs of cadets and staff from different backgrounds.The report was the result of allegations that the academy promotes Christianity and is intolerant of other religions. Cadets who follow other religions reported being harassed by evangelical Protestants.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Abortion activists plan to confront President Bush's adviser Karen Hughes and demand an apology for remarks she made about Sept. 11 while defending the president's pro-life policies."Karen Hughes, apologize," said Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Gloria Feldt Thursday. "9/11 has no place in this discussion, and Planned Parenthood supporters will ask for an apology in person," she said.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A sexual education advocacy group praised the federal government's decision to suspend tax dollars to an abstinence-only education program operated by a Christian organization.The decision by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) follows a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts challenging the use of federal dollars to fund the Silver Ring Thing, which the ACLU said overtly promotes religion.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The California Supreme Court Thursday ruled 5-2 that the same-sex "marriages" in San Francisco are null and void.The ruling does not address "the substantive legal rights of same sex couples," Chief Justice Ron George said. "In actuality, the legal issue before us implicates the interest of all individuals in ensuring that public officials execute their official duties in a manner that respects the limits of the authorities granted to them as officeholders."
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments from Pat Robertson's spokesman Angell Watts.) (CNSNews.com) - The Anti-Defamation League Thursday blasted Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson for saying that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's stroke was God's punishment for his decision to disengage from Gaza.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A conservative civil liberties group has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Fredericksburg, Va., city council member who claims the city council's prayer policy discriminates against him because of his Christian beliefs.The Fredericksburg City Council's policy, which was adopted after the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia threatened to sue the city, prohibits sectarian prayers. Hashmel Turner said the policy prevents him from praying at council meetings according to his conscience and religious beliefs.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A review of Federal Election Commission reports shows the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry received more donations from employees of Catholic universities than President George W. Bush did.The Cardinal Newman Society found that employees gave $196,025 to Kerry's campaign which was nine times the amount given to Bush, who only received $21,200 from Catholic university employees.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The head of the Democratic Party criticized the Justice Department for approving a plan for New Orleans to hold its first elections since Hurricane Katrina.Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean on Friday called the decision "to pre-clear a problematic plan for next month's New Orleans elections" a "disappointing development that raises serious questions about the integrity of the vote."
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A conservative group is posting on its website public documents from the FDA that reveal about 600 reports of "serious complications" suffered by women who used the abortion drug RU-486.Concerned Women for America gained access to the FDA's documents through the Freedom of Information Act. The FDA removed all personal-identifying medical information from the women's medical records so the public can examine the dangers of the drug without compromising the patients' privacy.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A pro-life group is calling on young people nationwide to wear t-shirts with pro-life messages to their high schools and colleges Tuesday as part of American Life League's National Pro-Life T-shirt Day.The group's director of youth outreach, Erik Whittington, calls it "an amazing opportunity for the youth of this country to publicly express their support for the protection of each and every human being's life - from fertilization to natural death.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A group of Republican senators announced legislation Thursday designed to "stop the raid on Social Security."The measure, sponsored by 11 senators, includes personal savings accounts that workers can own and which would be fully inheritable.The bill has three goals: the Social Security surplus would only be used for Social Security, not other government programs; surpluses would be saved in personal accounts that are legally owned by workers; and the surplus would not be used to mask the true size of the national deficit.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A judge in Tampa, Fla., Thursday ruled unconstitutional the law by Gov. Jeb Bush that kept a brain-damaged woman alive.The governor's office filed an immediate appeal of Pinellas Circuit Court Judge W. Douglas Baird's ruling in the Terri Schindler Schiavo case. Schiavo's husband Michael had been fighting to remove her feeding tube saying he was carrying out his wife's wishes, but her family believes her condition could improve with therapy.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A gun rights group is calling a decision by New Orleans officials to confiscate guns from law-abiding citizens "simply outrageous."Gun Owners of America challenged the mayor's authority to order the confiscations. "You can't legitimately suspend the God-given rights of American citizens who have committed no crimes," said Erich Pratt, director of communications for GOA.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Michael Reagan, son of former President Ronald Reagan is scheduled to speak out against embryonic stem cell research at the upcoming Republican National Convention.His brother, Ron Reagan, stirred controversy recently by speaking at the Democratic National Committee in support of the stem cell research.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A media watchdog group Tuesday praised the USA Today for its "balanced coverage of the Iraq war" by reporting that the number of wounded U.S. soldiers dropped by more than a quarter in 2005 compared to the year before.In an article published Sunday, the paper reported the number of wounded U.S. troops according to Pentagon records fell from 7,990 in 2004 to 5,939. The paper reported not much change in the number of deaths. According to Pentagon figures, 844 U.S. troops were killed in Iraq in 2005, compared to 845 in 2004.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist's battle with thyroid cancer further reinforces the urgency of the "judges issue," a pro-family group said Tuesday.Rehnquist underwent treatment over the weekend, but plans to return to the bench on Nov. 1, the court said."I don't think it is too much to say that the culture may well hang in the balance with the appointment of Supreme Court justices in the coming years," Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said in a statement.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A conservative group is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to pull the abortion pill RU-486, after the FDA reported that two more women died after taking the drug. The cause of death in both cases has not been determined, the FDA said, but four other women's deaths have been linked to a bacterial infection that developed after they took RU-486.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A conservative group is urging the Senate to pass a bill that will increase fines for radio and television broadcasters who violate the FCC's decency standards.The Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2005, which was reintroduced last week by Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) and Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.), increases the maximum fine for broadcasters to $325,000, with a penalty cap of $3 million for any single act.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A legal group filed a civil lawsuit Friday against Washington, D.C. Planned Parenthood and a security guard on behalf of a pro-life college student who claims he was tackled and injured while trying to exercise his First Amendment rights outside an abortion clinic in 2004.The American Center for Law and Justice filed the suit on behalf of Daniel Heenan, a Virginia resident who attends Christendom College in Front Royal, Va.