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 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) - 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 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) - 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) - Two legal groups filed amicus briefs Monday in the U.S. Supreme court case on the parental involvement laws regarding abortion.The Liberty Counsel and the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) are both asking the court to overturn an appeals court decision in Ayotte v. Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, declaring a New Hampshire law that requires parental notification prior to an abortion performed on a minor unconstitutional.
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) - It's that time of year again, not just for Christmas, but for Planned Parenthood to solicit donations and promote abortion through its "Choice on Earth" e-cards.A pro-life group said the nation's largest abortion provider has offended Christians once more by promoting the "distasteful" cards.
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) - 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) - An outdoor smoking ban is set to take effect in March in a California city that has outlawed smoking in all outdoor places, including sidewalks and streets, except for small outdoor "smoker outposts."The city council of Calabasas, Calif., voted unanimously for the ban, which is considered the most sweeping ban of any U.S. jurisdiction. The city council also agreed to establish a legal right of nonsmokers to be protected from secondhand smoke.
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.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Two homosexual advocacy groups will argue Tuesday before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals on behalf of a homosexual father in a custody case.Lambda Legal and the National Center for Lesbian Rights will represent Ulf Hedberg, who is barred from living with his homosexual partner while raising his 12-year-old son. Hedberg and his ex-wife, who were Virginia residents at the time, separated when their son was four years old. The son lived with Hedberg and his partner, Blaise Delahoussaye, in a home they bought together in suburban Virginia.
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) - 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) - An Islamic civil rights group is calling on law enforcement in Virginia to treat the assault of a pregnant Muslim woman Tuesday morning as a hate crime. According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a 23-year-old Muslim woman, who is 8 months pregnant and wears an Islamic head scarf, was attacked by three white men during a morning walk in Arlington, Va.
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) - A decision by a Catholic school in Pittsburgh, Pa., to allow a "gay straight alliance" is sending the school in the "wrong direction," a conservative group said Monday.Duquesne University decided Friday to allow the homosexual activist group on campus, but the decision has angered American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA or PA), because they said homosexuality goes against the Catholic Church's teaching.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Republican congressman has joined with African-American clergy and other members of Congress to demand that the House and Senate restore free speech to houses of worship.North Carolina Rep. Walter B. Jones joined with Reps. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Robin Hayes (R-N.C.) Thursday to drum up support for Jones' bill, the Houses of Worship Freedom of Speech Restoration Act (HR 235).
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Catholic group Friday decried the suspensions of the editor-in-chief and the opinions page editor of the Daily Illini, the student newspaper at the Urbana-Champaign campus of the University of Illinois, for republishing cartoons that mock the Prophet Mohammed.The Catholic League said the suspensions were hypocritical of the school's chancellor, Richard Herman, because the school did not handle "anti-Catholic fare" the same way. Herman said a discussion of the cartoons should have taken place in lieu of republishing them.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A legal group specializing in constitutional law Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to take an Ohio case where a poster of the Ten Commandments displayed inside a state judge's courtroom was declared unconstitutional. The case is the second case involving the public display of the Ten Commandments that the American Center for Law and Justice has asked the court to consider this term. The ACLJ represents Judge James DeWeese of the Richland County Common Pleas Court in Mansfield, Ohio.