Six things PR pros need to know on Wednesday morning, 1.14.2015

New Charlie Hebdo issue flies off newsstands; Chipotle stops pork sales at many US restaurants; Pitney Bowes refreshes brand; PRWeek at the Detroit Auto Show.

1. Charlie Hebdo’s latest issue flew off newsstands in Paris on Wednesday morning, just as an al Qaeda branch in Yemen claimed responsibility for last week’s terrorist attack against the satirical magazine. The edition, which pokes fun at not only the Prophet Muhammed, but also German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Pope Francis, has created a backlash among some Muslim leaders and prompted dilemmas at US media outlets about running sensitive images.

2. Chipotle has pulled pork off the menu at a third of its US restaurants after an audit found one supplier was violating its safety standards. The chain had more than 1,700 locations in the US as of the end of the third quarter of 2014.

3. Pitney Bowes, long identified with mailing and shipping, has updated its logo to emphasize its digital services. After reaching out to clients about its image, the company found, "We actually had more of a fundamental awareness problem than we thought," CMO Abby Kohnstamm told The Wall Street Journal.

4. The Obama administration is planning to detail its plans for cutting carbon emissions on Wednesday by reducing the amount of methane released through oil and gas production. Meanwhile, Republicans are focusing on rolling back parts of the Dodd-Frank financial reforms.

5. Tesla founder and Iron Man inspiration Elon Musk spoke to auto industry executives at the Detroit Auto Show on Tuesday, saying his company will not be completely profitable until at least 2020. PRWeek is also on the ground at the auto industry’s premier event; click here for a slideshow of 21 images from Detroit.

6. Positioning for 2016 presidential announcements is in full swing. Hillary Clinton will bring on John Podesta, a top Obama aide, in a senior advisory role. Chris Christie is setting up a PAC. And Rand Paul has hired a campaign manager for his as-yet-nonexistent campaign. 

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