Nine things PR pros need to know on Thursday, 3.19.2015

PRWeek Awards tonight; Emailgate takes a toll on Clinton pre-camapign; How Starbucks can rebound from Race Together.

1. Tonight is the PR industry’s biggest night: the PRWeek Awards. Follow us on Twitter and keep an eye on PRWeek.com as the night’s winners are announced.

2. "Emailgate" is taking a toll on Hillary Clinton’s presumed candidacy for president. Support for a second run for the White House among Democrats has dropped by 15 points since mid-February according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. Some undeterred supporters have launched a "Bill for First Lady" campaign.

3. The highly criticized Race Together push took over part of Starbucks’ annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday. A group of top crisis communicators told PRWeek how the coffee chain can rebound from the campaign flop. One problem is that the company’s top executives are virtually all white, notes Motherboard.

4. Hundreds of University of Virginia students protested a 20-year-old black student being forcefully taken into custody by the Virginia Department of Alcohol Beverage Control on Tuesday night. Martese Johnson was reportedly bloodied while he was arrested by state agents.

5. Target will pay $10 million to settle a lawsuit resulting from the massive, holiday season data breach in 2013. The chain must also hire a chief information security officer and establish other data security guidelines.

6. A former Facebook employee is suing the company, claiming she faced sexual discrimination, harassment, and discrimination based on her national origin. Chia Hong worked at Facebook from June 2010 to October 2013.

7. The Affordable Care Act is gaining wider acceptance, according to a Kaiser Health Tracking poll that found the gap between those who like and do not like the law is at its smallest since late 2012.

8. Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy will make his second appearance this week before Congress on Thursday afternoon to defend his efforts to fix the agency.

9. Philips is planning to spin off its lighting division in a multibillion-euro IPO planned for next year. The company said last September that it would split in two. 

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