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) - Attorneys for a New Jersey boy who was prohibited from handing out candy canes and pencils with a religious message are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take their case.The Rutherford Institute, a civil liberties organization committed to defending constitutional and human rights, is representing Dana Walz and her son Daniel. The institute is challenging a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit that upholds a school policy the institute says is tantamount to religious discrimination.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A pro-life group is expressing its disappointment with the NAACP for the civil rights group's stand on abortion.On Feb. 24, the NAACP announced that its board voted to take a pro-abortion stand on the abortion issue. "Sadly, many African-American women have believed the lies of pro-abortion groups and have aborted their children," said Day Gardner, director of Black Americans for Life, in a statement.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A pro-family group is calling on California Gov. Gray Davis to veto a bill that requires "sensitivity" training for foster parents on homosexuality, bisexuality and trans-sexuality.Assembly Bill 2651, as amended Aug. 8, 2002, was approved in a vote of 42-28 in the California State Assembly. It now goes to the desk of the governor, who is undecided on whether to sign it.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A new poll released Wednesday shows over two-thirds of Massachusetts voters want to vote on traditional marriage.According to the Zogby International poll, 69 percent of likely voters in the state want to vote on a constitutional amendment to keep Massachusetts a traditional marriage state, the Coalition for Marriage announced Wednesday.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Two New Jersey residents filed a lawsuit Monday in state court against the City of Asbury Park's challenging the city's actions in issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in violation of state law.The American Center for Law and Justice represents George Saxenmeyer and Maureen McCarthy, two residents of Asbury Park, who are challenging the same-sex "marriage" performed by city officials on March 8th and the city's decision to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A pro-family group claims California Gov. Gray Davis demeaned the Sept. 11 tragedy by signing two bills giving special privileges to the domestic partners of homosexuals on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks.Randy Thomasson, executive director of Campaign for California Families, said Davis took advantage of the anniversary to tie what some call homosexual rights to patriotism.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A U.S. congressman is applauding Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell for the chairman's proposal to overturn the agency's ruling that found that a profanity used by performer Bono on network televisions was not indecent. Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) called Powell's proposal a "partial victory for families who want to raise their children free from profane language." Smith urged the FCC to pass the proposal as soon as possible.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The American Civil Liberties Union is calling a new proposed constitutional marriage amendment "a desperate political move" that does not address the underlying concerns about the measure.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Memorial Day traditionally marks the beginning of summer, and a new report finds that most parents are not letting fears of terrorism change plans for their children during summer vacation from school.The study by the Academy for Educational Development showed that one in 10 parents surveyed reported they would cancel trips they had planned or stay closer to home because of worries over terrorism alerts.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An Illinois high school student suspended for saying "God Bless" on the air has been reinstated to anchor the daily newscast, which is aired on the closed circuit television system at the school.The American Center for Law and Justice, an international public interest law firm, represents James Lord - a senior at Dupo High School in Dupo, Ill. - who was suspended for one month from his daily news broadcast after signing off his December 17th broadcast with the sentence: "Have a safe and happy holiday, and God Bless."
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 group lobbying for the legalization of marijuana ran ads touting a side benefit to the use of pot - better sex - and posted the ads on buses, at bus shelters and subway stations for several weeks in Washington, D.C., free of charge, courtesy of the local metro transit system. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority receives federal taxpayer money to help keep it operating.
July 7, 2008, 8:04 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) -In a setback for homosexual advocacy groups, a federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a Florida law barring same-sex couples from adopting children."Florida has made the determination that it is not in the best interests of its displaced children to be adopted by" gay people, Judge Stanley Birch wrote in the court's unanimous decision, "and we found nothing in the Constitution that forbids this policy judgment."
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
(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) - 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
(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
(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.