Four things PR pros need to know on Wednesday, 11.26.2014

Crowds protest Ferguson grand jury decision across the country; Obama aides push back against Schumer on Twitter; White House plans ambitious anti-pollution measures.

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1. Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Missouri, police officer who shot Michael Brown in August, gave his first interview to ABC News after a grand jury decided this week not to send his case to trial. Wilson said he was just doing his job and has a clear conscience about his actions.

Some violent incidents took place in Ferguson for the second straight night, and dozens were arrested. However, protests of the grand jury’s decision across the country Tuesday night were largely peaceful, including one in New York City that temporarily blocked the FDR Drive and Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges.

A group of about two dozen St. Louis-area PR pros are volunteering their services to create positive change in the region. The push is known on social media as #STLForward.


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2. Pushback from current and former Obama aides was swift on Twitter on Tuesday after Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) commented that the White House misstepped in 2009 and 2010 by prioritizing healthcare reform over other actions.


3. The Obama administration is planning to announce on Wednesday an ambitious plan to curb ozone emissions, including cutting smog from factories in the Midwest. The measures have the support of groups such as the American Lung Association. Not everyone is a fan. The National Association of Manufacturers has called it "the most expensive regulation ever imposed on the American public."

4. First Look Media has scrapped plans for The Racket, the closely watched online magazine that would have been helmed by former Rolling Stone scribe Matt Taibbi. Nine staffers were let go.

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