The 9 stories PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 6.18.2015

Authorities ask for media's help catching shooter in Charleston, South Carolina; NBC News to sign Brian Williams to new job; Treasury Department asks for public input on who will replace Alexander Hamilton on $10 bill.

1. Nine people are dead after a shooting at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, late Wednesday. Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime and asking for the public’s help with the shooter still at large. Authorities have described the suspect as a white male.

2. NBC News will keep Brian Williams, but not as the anchor of the Nightly News, which Lester Holt will continue to host, according to numerous reports. Williams will be moved to a role covering breaking news for MSNBC.

3. A woman will replace Alexander Hamilton in the prime spot on the $10 bill, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said Wednesday night. The Treasury Department will take public input on who should appear on the bill, though Lew has the ultimate choice.

4. Pope Francis released a wide-ranging encyclical on Thursday calling for leaders around the world to reform political and economic systems and fight climate change. It calls climate change "a global problem with grave implications."

5. Facebook is testing the NFL’s "Rooney Rule" approach to hiring in an effort to improve diversity at the company. It requires executives to interview minority candidates while filling open jobs.

6. Donald Trump’s campaign launch has received more attention on social media than that of every other candidate except Hillary Clinton. However, the real-estate magnate and reality-show host has also been accused of hiring actors to attend the event.

7. Google has expanded Google Trends and made real-time trend information public, a move that could affect media outlets as they research and report on stories. The tool will give users access to 100 billion monthly searches.

8. FIFA’s top two officials are lawyering up. Outgoing President Sepp Blatter and Secretary General Jerome Valcke have hired high-profile lawyers to represent them amid Swiss and American investigations into alleged corruption at the international soccer body.

9. Twitter has bought Whetlab, a machine-learning company, to better organize the hundreds of millions of tweets posted each day. Researchers developed Whetlab to help them make more accurate predictions.

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