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) - The parents of a 16-year-old Philadelphia girl are suing the city's health department, asserting that their daughter had a violent reaction to a morning-after pill regimen that she allegedly was given without a medical exam. The parents also say they should have been notified that the drug had been prescribed for their daughter.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An Islamic civil rights group Wednesday called on a Washington, D.C. radio station to address what it says is "an incitement of anti-Muslim hatred" by the station's talk show hosts.This comes after WMAL talk show host Michael Graham was suspended without pay for comments he made calling Islam "a terrorist organization." On Friday, Graham's replacement host, Geoff Metcalf, claimed on the air that the Koran gives Muslims "permission to lie when it is appropriate."
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The National Rifle Association announced plans Thursday to hold its 136th annual convention scheduled for April 13-17, 2007 in St. Louis, Mo, an event that is expected to be the largest in NRA history.The announcement comes weeks after its decision not to hold its 2006 annual convention in Columbus, Ohio because of the city council's decision to ban semi-automatic weapons. Instead, the May 19 to May 23rd event has been moved to Milwaukee, Wisc.The 2007 event is expected to bring more than 60,000 people to the city of St. Louis.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Second Amendment advocacy group is hailing the government of Saudi Arabia for allowing foreigners who fear for their safety to carry a gun. Saudi Arabia's decision comes in the wake of the kidnapping and beheading of American contractor Paul Johnson.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Is there really a cloud hanging over the Bush White House? If you ask Democratic leaders, the answer is yes. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid sent a letter to President Bush Wednesday calling on him to apologize for "the actions of senior officials in leaking classified information, fire anyone involved in the leak case, and support full congressional investigations into the matter so that all the facts" are known.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Attorneys for the parents of a brain-damaged Florida woman have filed a memorandum of law establishing that depriving her of food and water would be against her wishes and prohibited by the U.S. and state Constitutions, as well as Florida statutory and common law.Terri Schiavo's husband, Michael Schiavo, is fighting to have her feeding tube removed, claiming that she did not want to be kept alive through artificial means and her right to privacy would be violated if she is kept alive this way.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The South Dakota House has approved a bill banning almost all abortions in the state, and the state Senate is next to take up the proposed ban.The measure, HB1215, cleared the state House by a vote of 47 to 22 Thursday after over an hour of debate.The bill's sponsor, Rep. Roger Hunt (R-Brandon), believes the time is right to mount a challenge to Roe v. Wade, and supporters are hoping such a challenge would capture the attention of the U.S. Supreme Court, which could end up in a reversal of the 1973 decision legalizing abortion.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A religious watchdog group is criticizing the House passage of a bill that "provides $10 million to restore and repair 21 mission churches, 19 of which are owned by the Roman Catholic Church and have active congregations."Americans United for the Separation of Church and State warns the bill is certain to provoke a lawsuit, because the group said the measure goes against basic constitutional principles.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A North Carolina lawmaker introduced a bill Tuesday that would prohibit a school from receiving federal funds if it prevents a student from displaying or wearing a representation of the U.S. flag in a respectful manner.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Florida Gov. Jeb Bush Wednesday sought court permission to take custody of Terri Schiavo, pointing to a neurologist's review which "indicates that Terri may have been misdiagnosed and is more likely that she is in a state of minimal consciousness rather than" a persistent vegetative state.Dr. William Cheshire, a member of the state's adult protective services team and a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., conducted the review.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush threatened to veto a House bill under consideration Tuesday that would authorize federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.The measure, sponsored by Reps. Mike Castle (R-Del.) and Diana DeGette (D-Colo.), has bipartisan support and would allow stem cells from surplus embryos at fertility clinics to be used for research instead of being thrown away.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Jewish group is criticizing a pro-family group leader for comparing embryonic stem cell research to Nazi experiments during the Holocaust.Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, called Focus on the Family founder and Chairman James Dobson's comments regarding the controversial research during Wednesday's broadcast of his radio show "reprehensible" and "abhorrent."
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A homosexual advocacy group plans to file an appeal Monday with the Virginia Court of Appeals to overturn the conviction of a man charged with solicitation of sodomy, despite the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling "that clearly struck down all remaining sodomy laws in the nation."
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - An American Islamic group Tuesday called for "an immediate and peaceful end to the violence" in France and for French authorities to use "dialogue and mutual respect" when dealing with rioting protesters.The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) joined Muslim leaders in France in its call for calm and suggested a national campaign to address the "economic and social marginalization and exclusion that appear to be the root causes of the violence."
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A liberal media watchdog group is accusing PBS of "pandering" to conservatives through its introduction of several new programs that feature conservative hosts, writers and editors."Tucker Carlson: Unfiltered," which debuts Friday night and features conservative CNN pundit Tucker Carlson, "The Journal Editorial Report," which features writers and editors from the Wall Street Journal editorial page, and a planned program featuring conservative talk show host Michael Medved will be added to the Public Broadcasting Service's lineup.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A gun rights group Monday blasted founders of a leading gun control group for making fun of Vice President Dick Cheney's shooting accident in Texas on Saturday.Sarah Brady, co-founder of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said she always "thought Cheney was scary" and now she knows she had a "right to be nervous." Jim Brady, also co-founder of the Brady Campaign, said, "Now I understand why Dick Cheney keeps asking me to go hunting with him."
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(1st Add: Includes comments from Project 21.) (CNSNews.com) - A coalition of black clergy Friday denounced recent "racial motivated attacks" by three editorial cartoonists, the Washington Post and the New York Times upon National Security Adviser Dr. Condoleezza Rice, who was recently nominated by President Bush to serve as the next secretary of state.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Terri Schiavo's father Wednesday said his daughter is "weakening," but "under the circumstances she looks darn good."On her 13th day without food or water, Terri is "still fighting," her father Robert Schindler said at a press conference outside the Florida hospice where she is staying.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - In a vote of 238 to 194, the U.S. House Tuesday voted to lift restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, allowing for federal funding beyond that approved by President Bush in 2000 on 60 existing stem cell lines.Prior to the vote, Bush threatened to veto H.R. 810, saying it "violates the clear standard" he set four years ago. "This bill would take us across a critical ethical line by creating new incentives for the ongoing destruction of emerging human life. Crossing this line would be a great mistake," he said.
July 7, 2008, 8:05 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A pro-family group is calling on the Internal Revenue Services to investigate same-sex couples who may be filing their taxes as a married couple after illegally receiving marriage licenses in cities like San Francisco.The Public Advocate of the United States recently sent a letter to IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson warning of the potential fraudulent tax scheme.