The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Monday, 7.27.2015

Dozens of Cosby accusers appear on 'New York' cover; Boy Scouts set to end ban on gay scoutmasters; Gawker on the cusp of major changes; Teva set to buy Allergan generics business.

1. Thirty-five women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault appeared on a stunning cover of New York magazine that debuted Sunday night. The cover story package includes photos, videos, and individual testimonials. More than 40 women have accused the entertainment legend of sexual assault.

2. Boy Scouts of America is expected to end its longtime ban on gay scoutmasters on Monday. However, Scout troops associated with churches and other religious organizations would still be free to pick the leaders they want. The organization’s 80-member board will vote on Monday.

3. Gawker CEO Nick Denton is talking up changes to his company and its family of websites to The New York Times and other media outlets. In a memo issued over the weekend, Denton explained the company’s new editorial oversight policies.


4. Teva has agreed to buy the generic drug business of Allergan for $40.5 billion in the latest pharma industry merger. The deal would move Israel-based Teva into the ranks of the largest drug companies in the world.

5. Interim Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is pledging to make diversity a priority at his company after facing criticism last week for a "frat party" at its San Francisco offices complete with beer pong.


6. Donald Trump is running strong in polls in Iowa and New Hampshire, reaching disaffected Republican voters to cut into Scott Walker’s lead in the former and take the lead in the latter. Meanwhile, Democratic candidates released competing environmental policy proposals over the weekend.

7. The federal government is expected to fine Fiat Chrysler more than $100 million this week for violating laws in a series of safety recalls. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expected to announce the fine on Monday. 

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