The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 10.19.2015

Michelle Obama helps launch of education campaign; Walmart expected to squeeze suppliers; Poll finds lukewarm support for Biden candidacy; IHOP joke flops on Twitter; DraftKings allows some bets in Nevada.

First lady lends a hand to education campaign
Michelle Obama is extending her clout to the launch of, a campaign that encourages students ages 14 to 19 to pursue higher education. The portal will give them advice on how to sign up for SAT and ACT tests and filling out forms.

Walmart probe doesn’t turn up much
A three-year federal investigation into allegations of bribery in Mexico by Walmart officials hasn’t found much evidence of wrongdoing, according to The Wall Street Journal, and could be settled with a small fine and no charges against employees. Meanwhile, the retail giant is expected to put the squeeze on vendors and suppliers after releasing a market-jolting profit forecast for its next fiscal year.

Poll finds Clinton won debate, but Sanders helped himself, too
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton won last week’s initial Democratic debate in Las Vegas, but her performance hasn’t helped her standing much with members of her party, according to a CNN/ORC poll released Monday morning. It also found Democrats aren’t exactly clamoring for a Biden candidacy. Also, some say Larry David’s impression of Sanders on Saturday Night Live will help the candidate.

IHOP joke on Twitter falls flat
A social media representative for IHOP tweeted a racy joke about breasts yesterday that didn’t go over well with the brand’s audience. The restaurant chain took down the tweet on Sunday night and apologized.

DraftKings defies Nevada regulators
Daily fantasy sports website DraftKings continued to operate over the weekend in Nevada, defying an order from state regulators to shut down in the state as long as it does not have a gambling license. Similar sites have blocked access to their sites in the state. 

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