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, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A pro-life group is criticizing the background of the new president of abortion rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America.Nancy Keenan, a former statewide elected official from Montana, took the top job at NARAL on Wednesday."It is a sad day in America when someone who claims to have been raised in the Catholic Church takes the helm of an organization solely dedicated to advocating the mass slaughter of innocent preborn children in the womb," the American Life League said in a press release.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - For the first time since their sister's death, Terri Schiavo's siblings spoke publicly Thursday offering words of gratitude to their supporters, including the politicians who tried to save Terri's life."As you are aware, Terri is now with God and she's been released from all earthly burdens. After these recent years of neglect at the hands of those who are supposed to protect and care for her, she is finally at peace with God for eternity," said Terri's sister, Suzanne Vitadamo, who thanked the volunteers, doctors, and lawyers.
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) - A nurse who claims she was not promoted within the Eastern Illinois University's Health Services Department because of her pro-life beliefs and her refusal to dispense the morning-after pill is suing the school for violating her rights.The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) filed suit in U.S. District Court in Urbana, Ill., on behalf of Andrea Nead, who has been working as a part-time nurse in the department since 2000.
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) - Several conservative law groups plans to file a petition Tuesday, asking the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts to stay its decision legalizing same-sex "marriage." The petition essentially asks the court to wait until Massachusetts citizens can have their say on a controversial issue.
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."
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A pro-family group is urging the Republican Party to correct Democrats on their "stem cell research spin" on the same day that former President Ronald Reagan's son, Ron Reagan, is slated to speak at the Democratic National Convention on the issue.The Family Research Council said it is "clear that stem cell research is going to be an important issue in this campaign" as evidenced by Sen. Hillary Clinton's (D-N.Y.) speech Monday night.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The Anti-Defamation League Monday launched an offensive against the planned distribution of thousands of sampler CDs in schools in the coming weeks by a music company with alleged links to "neo-Nazi and skinhead groups." The ADL claimed the company is trying to attract young people to the music and ideology of "neo-Nazi bands."
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A civil liberties organization has published a step-by-step guide to understanding what can and cannot be done to celebrate the holidays in public.The Rutherford Institute's "The Twelve Rules of Christmas" was compiled because of a growing tendency among public schools and government officials to ban references to Christmas or Christianity during the holiday season.
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) - An athlete's advocacy organization is calling on athletes to boycott colleges that have low graduation rates, especially among black athletes."This is a continuing problem that must be addressed or we will continue to annually lament that so many colleges are failing our athletes by not graduating them," said Charles S. Farrell, principle and senior consultant with Sports Perspectives International. "How long do we let this exploitation go on?"
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 priest who was with Terri Schiavo in the final hours before her death said Wednesday the autopsy findings do not change the moral aspects of her death, which he called "a murder."Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life said the details of the autopsy do not change what happened to Terri. "Her physical injuries and disabilities never made her less of a person. No amount of brain injury ever justifies denying a person proper humane care. That includes food and water," said Pavone.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Coretta Scott King, the widow of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., died in her sleep, her family announced on Tuesday morning. Mrs. King's family, describing Coretta as "the first lady of human and civil rights," said she died Monday evening while in Mexico for observation and consideration of treatment for ovarian cancer. She was considered terminal by doctors in the U.S."We appreciate the prayers and condolence[s] from people across the country," the family's statement said.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A legal group filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the federal government for revoking a permit issued to pro-life groups to display pro-life signs in the nation's capital this weekend, to counter an upcoming pro-abortion march.The American Center for Law and Justice, which specializes in constitutional law, filed the suit against Interior Secretary Gale Norton and the National Park Service on behalf of Rev. Patrick Mahoney and his group, the Christian Defense Coalition, along with Brandi Swindell, head of Idaho-based group Generation Life.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A religious watchdog group applauded the departure of White House "faith czar" James Towey on Tuesday and called on President Bush to close the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives.Towey, who served as assistant to the president and director of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives since 2002, is leaving to become the 16th president of Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pa., beginning July 1.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A pro-life group is outraged at the "insensitivity" of the nation's largest abortion provider who is selling t-shirts that proudly state, "I had an abortion."Planned Parenthood's website advertises the t-shirt as "yet another t-shirt in our new social fashion line." It adds, "These soft and comfortable fitted tees assert a powerful message in support of women's rights."
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. House Thursday rejected a constitutional amendment which would ban homosexual "marriage" by failing to garner the two-thirds needed to pass the measure, which had already been rejected by the Senate.The vote was a blow to conservative and pro-family groups. Focus on the Family was "profoundly disappointed by the news" but promised "the battle for the traditional family will continue on.""Why does this disregard for our most basic social unit surprise us?" asked Focus on the Family founder and Chairman Dr. James Dobson.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A California-based pro-family group is blasting the Canadian Supreme Court's ruling Thursday for "creating homosexual 'marriage' out of thin air."Campaign for Children and Families President Randy Thomasson called the ruling "very shabby." Thomasson said the decision is "all the more reason" for Californians "to rise up and oppose the full-blown 'homosexual marriage license' bill" introduced this week in the state Legislature.