The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 8.4.2015

Airlines ban big-game hunting trophies on-board flights; Regan Communications sues former IT contractor for alleged hacking; Paul Newman steps down at MSLGroup; Fox to announce who made prime-time debate; GOP plan to defund Planned Parenthood fails in Senate.

1. Three major airlines have banned the shipment of big-game hunting trophies on flights in the aftermath of outrage over the killing of Cecil the Lion. American, Delta, and United airlines all said they will no longer allow certain types of animal remains on-board flights.


2. Regan Communications has sued a former IT contractor, saying it hacked into its systems, deleted files about clients, and left the firm unable to answer email via mobile device after it fired the company for making inappropriate comments to female staffers. The agency is seeking $150,000 in damages, according to The Boston Globe.

3. MSLGroup North America president Paul Newman departed the firm on Monday. Global CFO Peter Miller is taking over the role on an interim basis. Newman stepped into the position in March 2014 when Renee Wilson became MSL’s chief client officer.

4. Fox News will say on Tuesday which 10 GOP candidates made the cut for its Thursday night prime-time debate in Cleveland, Ohio. Donald Trump is leading the 17-member Republican pack in various national polls.

5. A Republican effort to stop federal funding for Planned Parenthood failed on Monday evening in the Senate. The vote took place in the wake of several damaging sting videos surfacing about the organization. Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards is defending the group, saying it has faced opposition from its founding.

6. Instagram has turned on its advertising API, meaning marketers will have an easier time using automation software to place ads on the photo-driven social network. A number of third-party planners made announcements about how they’ll use the platform on Tuesday morning.

7. Hackers exploited a vulnerability in Yahoo’s advertising network to distribute malicious code for the past week. Yahoo shut down the attack on Monday. 

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