The Associated Press

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Laura A. Myers to news editor for national security and international affairs from newswoman in the Washington bureau.

Deborah Hastings to national writer for AP News/features based in New York from newswoman for the AP's Los Angeles bureau.

Cliff Edwards to the newly created position of technology writer based in San Jose, Calif., from business and commodities market writer for the wire service's Chicago bureau.

BLETHEN MAINE NEWSPAPERS

George Neavoll, editorial page editor for the Portland (Maine) Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram to retire from the company Sept. 1.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Michael Tackett to the newly created position of national political editor. Tackett will be responsible for directing the newspaper's political coverage of the 2000 campaign, while retaining his current duties as national correspondent in Washington.

John Wollney to the newly created post of director of advertising strategy and development from director of retail advertising. Wollney's previous responsibilities will be divided into two positions, director of regional retail advertising and director of major retail accounts.

Dan Dunn to director of national advertising at the newspaper from vice president of sales for the Midwest at Business Week magazine. He succeeds Gerald McCarthy, who is retiring. The position, formerly based in New York, will now be based in Chicago.

THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL

Mary Jane Pardue to business editor of the Memphis, Tenn., daily from deputy business editor. She succeeds Bob Hetherington, who left the newspaper to head a Memphis public relations firm.

THE COURIER-JOURNAL

John Mura to assistant managing editor at the Louisville, Ky., daily from news editor at The News Journal in Wilmington, Del. He succeeds Dewey English. (see Mobile Register)

THE DAILY OKLAHOMAN

Mike Shannon and Joe Hight to managing editors from assistant managing editors at the Oklahoma City newspaper. Shannon will oversee news operations while Hight will be responsible for sports, business news, and features.

EAGLE NEWSPAPERS INC.

David Tyler to executive editor for the company's 14 weekly newspapers in the Syracuse and central New York area from editor of four Eagle weeklies. …