The 8 stories PR pros need to know on Wednesday morning, 7.8.2015

Julie Hamp released from prison; Major layoffs planned at Microsoft; Barclays fires its CEO; Hillary Clinton sits down with CNN; Does Jared Fogle still have a future with Subway?

1. Julie Hamp was released from a Japanese prison on Wednesday where she was held for 20 days. Japanese authorities did not charge her after an arrest on drug charges last month. Last week, she resigned from the top comms job at the company, which was taken over by Shigeru Hayakawa on Monday.

2. Microsoft will announce a major round of layoffs in its hardware group and other departments as early as Wednesday morning, according to The New York Times. The company said last year it was cutting 18,000 jobs. Update: The company is eliminating 7,800 positions, according to a memo from CEO Satya Nadella to staff.

3. Barclays has fired CEO Antony Jenkins after the bank’s directors ran out of patience with its progress under him, according to The Wall Street Journal. Chairman John McFarlane is taking over his responsibilities until a permanent replacement is named.

4. Observers are split on the future of Subway pitchman Jared Fogle. The fast-food chain suspended its relationship with him on Tuesday after police raided his home, reportedly in connection with a child pornography investigation.

5. Hillary Clinton pushed back against claims she is untrustworthy in a Tuesday interview with CNN, her first major sit-down since launching her 2016 campaign. The Democratic frontrunner blamed conservatives for attacks on her and said she followed the law in her response to "emailgate."

6. CVS Health is severing ties with the US Chamber of Commerce after reports that the organization has worked for smoking interests around the world. The chain stopped selling most tobacco products in early 2014.

7. Paula Deen apologized and said she fired her social media manager after her official Twitter account published a photo that appeared to show her son in blackface in an I Love Lucy-themed photo for "Transformation Tuesday."

8. Logitech rebranded on Wednesday, dropping the "tech" from its name as part of an effort to appeal to younger consumers. The company also bolstered its corporate communications department two months ago.

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