SOUTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY
State Sen. Anita Yeckel Has Heart Bypass Surgery
State Sen. Anita Yeckel, R-Sunset Hills, underwent open heart
bypass surgery Thursday at St. Luke's Hospital in Chesterfield.
Yeckel, 54, was in satisfactory condition, a hospital spokesman
said Friday. She is expected to make a complete recovery, a
statement from her office said.
The senator had chest pains on Monday and Tuesday. On
Wednesday, tests showed the need for surgery, the statement said.
Yeckel's district includes most of south St. Louis County. She
was elected to the state Senate in November.
Rep. Wooten Moving, Won't Run For Re-election In '98
State Rep. Chuck Wooten, R-Springfield, says he won't run for
re-election next year. Wooten, 69, has served five terms in the
Missouri House. He is giving up his District 137 seat to move to a
historic house that is just outside the area he represents.
Wooten, a retired postal worker, was first elected to the House
He is a member of the House Budget Committee, where he has
worked for funding for projects at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds and
Southwest Missouri State University. This session, he was behind
the effort to put a veterans cemetery in Springfield.
Wooten said his new house is on the west side of Jefferson
Street in Springfield; his district's boundary is the east side of
the street. Although he will be living outside his district before
his term expires in January 1999, Wooten said he may legally
continue to serve and will do so.
Workers Sorting Through Mail Truck Crash Debris
Workers at the main st office in Kansas City on Friday began
sorting through tubs of ash- and chemical-covered mail after the
tractor-trailer hauling it crashed and burned near Quincy, Ill.
About 14 large tubs of mail - mostly correspondence - was all
that remained of the thousands of pieces being trucked from Kansas
City to Chicago when the truck crashed Tuesday, said Rick Shaver, a
"We're hoping (the sorting) won't take more than a week to 10
days," Shaver said. "It's going to be a really dirty,
The truck was about three-quarters full of personal letters,
business statements, birthday cards, money orders and Priority Mail
packages when it crashed. About half was burned, and the rest of it
was soaked by firefighters.
The driver, Ronfred O. Lawrence, 62, of Olathe, Kan., was in
critical condition Friday at Memorial Medical Center in
Editor Of Star Is Selected As Newspaper's Publisher
Arthur S. Brisbane, editor and vice president of The Kansas
City Star since 1992, has been selected the newspaper's publisher.
Knight-Ridder Inc., which bought the Star from the Walt Disney Co.
in April, announced the promotion on Friday.
The announcement from the newspaper group's headquarters in
Miami also named Michael R. Petrak, who has been the Star's vice
president of marketing and advertising, as executive vice president
and general manager.
Brisbane, 46, replaces Bob Woodworth, who was named a
Knight-Ridder vice president in May with oversight of the recently
purchased Star, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Belleville News-Democrat
and The Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. …