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VIRGINIA

Thomas Chapple, 55, has been named to the newly created position of chief administrative officer at Gannett Co. Inc. in McLean. Chapple, who will retain his responsibilities and titles as senior vice president and general counsel at the nation's No. 1 newspaper company, will oversee its security, law, human-resources, flight-operations, facilities, and corporate-communications departments. He joined Gannett in 1976 as assistant corporate secretary and assistant general counsel, and he has held various executive titles with increasing responsibility since then.

LOUISIANA

Ronnie Ramos to editor of The Times in Shreveport from a one-year Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University. He replaces Judy P. Christie, who is now a newspaper consultant.

NEBRASKA

Rita Thomas to publisher of the York News-Times from publisher of the Yankton (S.D.) Daily Press & Dakotan. She succeeds Mark Drudge, who is now a regional advertising-sales account executive with Morris Communications Co. LLC, the Augusta, Ga.-based parent of both papers.

ARKANSAS

Rusty Turner to editor of The Morning News in Springdale from managing editor. He replaces Jim Morriss, who retired after 53 years with the newspaper owned by the Stephens Media Group in Las Vegas.

Lisa Thompson to managing editor from Sunday editor.

FLORIDA

Gil Thelen to acting publisher, senior vice president, and executive editor of The Tampa Tribune from senior vice president and executive editor of the convergence flagship of Media General Inc., headquartered in Richmond. As acting publisher starting May 19, he will succeed Steve Weaver, who has accepted a position as senior vice president of advertising at The Dallas Morning News. (See "Texas," below.)

MISSISSIPPI

Katie Steadman to director of advertising at The Clarksdale Press Register from sales representative at the Delta Farm Press, a magazine based in Clarksdale. …

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