The 6 stories PR pros need to know on Thursday, 7.9.2015

South Carolina House votes to take down Confederate flag; Former top American in FIFA suspended for life; Twitter eyes next CEO; Victoria Taylor issues vague statement on departure from Reddit.

1. South Carolina’s House of Representatives voted overnight to remove the Confederate battle flag from the State House grounds. The bill should be sent to the desk of Governor Nikki Haley, who also supports taking down the flag, later today. The debate included an impassioned speech by Republican Rep. Jenny Horne, who tearfully advocated removing the flag.

2. FIFA imposed a lifetime ban on Chuck Blazer early Thursday as corruption investigations into the soccer body continue. Blazer was once the highest-ranking American in the organization and a member of its executive committee.

3. Twitter’s board is eyeing Adam Bain, now the service’s chief of revenue and global partnerships, as the company’s next CEO. Here are five reasons Facebook should buy Twitter, according to CBS News.

4. Ousted Reddit head of talent Victoria Taylor has commented about her departure from the company, in a post to Reddit, of course. She didn’t offer many details about what led to her reported firing, but said she’s figuring out her next move. Kristine Fasnacht has taken over Reddit’s wildly popular AMAs.

5. Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus reportedly called Donald Trump and asked him to take his comments about immigration down a few notches for the good of the party. Trump is running well in a range of GOP primary polls, but many experts attribute that to name recognition.

6. ESPN and Keith Olbermann have parted ways — again. The network reportedly wanted the outspoken former MSNBC host to cease the commentary portion of his program, which was a deal-breaker for Olbermann. Bill Simmons left ESPN two months ago. 

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