Seven things PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 3.12.2015

Police officers shot in Ferguson; KFC could face criticism over chicken; Secret Service investigated again, this time for incident after late-night partying.

1. Two police officers were shot in Ferguson, Missouri, early Thursday morning after a night of protests outside police headquarters. Both are expected to survive. The city’s police chief stepped down on Wednesday, making him the sixth high-ranking municipal official to do so.

2. KFC could face pressure from environmental and consumer groups on how it raises its poultry, according to Reuters. Critics may want the world’s largest fried-chicken chain to follow McDonald’s lead and stop using chicken treated with human antibiotics.

3. The Obama administration is investigating two Secret Service agents who reportedly drove a car into a barrier at the White House last week after a night of partying, the latest in a string of embarrassing incidents for the agency.

4. Democrats are sticking with Hillary Clinton despite her recent stumbles, partially because they have nowhere else to turn, according to The New York Times. Two opposite takes on her Monday afternoon press conference: it succeeded in buying her team more time to think, says Politico, while New York’s Frank Rich argues the event showed she’s not ready to campaign.


5. Oklahoma University President David Boren said he expects the school to discipline more students in the wake of SAE frat brothers being caught on video chanting racist songs. The fraternity’s trustees said Wednesday that they failed to get rid of racism in the organization in recent years.

6. Lawmakers in Utah approved the creation of a registry for white-collar criminals, a tactic usually used for dealing with sex offenders, in an effort to scare businesses into staying out of trouble.

7. Alibaba Group is investing $200 million in Snapchat, which will bring the platform’s valuation to $15 billion, up sharply from previous measurements. 

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