The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 11.2.2015

Chipotle closes dozens of locations in Pacific Northwest; Paul Ryan builds comms team; GOP candidates try to take control of debates; Airline industry responds to Sinai crash; Jeb Bush tries to get back on track; Royals win World Series; SXSW reverses course on harassment sessions.

(Image via Chipotle's Facebook page).
(Image via Chipotle's Facebook page).

Dozens of Chipotle locations shut down
Chipotle has closed 43 restaurants in Washington State and Oregon due to an E. Coli outbreak that has affected 22 people since mid-October. Health officials are expecting a spike in the number of cases reported.

Ryan builds comms team
Newly minted Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has hired eight communications staffers, including some former aides to predecessor John Boehner. Mike Ricci will be communications director, while AshLee Strong will serve as press secretary.

Republican candidates demand debate changes
Unhappy with last week’s CNBC event, staffers for several Republican candidates met last night to hash out ways to take greater control over the format and questioning in presidential debates. Commentator Glenn Beck is volunteering to moderate the next one.

Airline industry responds to Sinai crash
The aviation industry and a handful of governments have responded to the crash of an Airbus A321-200, operated by Russian company Metrojet. Airline officials said Monday that the crash could only have been caused by "external impact" amid some early claims of terrorism.


Bush tries to get back on track
Jeb Bush’s stagnant campaign is trying to right the ship, beginning the "Jeb can fix it" portion of his run, which is expected to take a more personal tone. Influential Republican donor Paul Singer threw his support behind Sen. Marco Rubio (F-FL) last week in a blow to Bush.

Royals win first World Series title in three decades
The Kansas City Royals outclassed the New York Mets on Sunday night in game five of the World Series to win their first championship in 30 years. Royals fans took over Twitter on Sunday night and early Monday with the #TookTheCrown hashtag.


SXSW’s about face on online harassment
South by Southwest Interactive apologized on Friday for canceling sessions on online harassment due to threats of violence and said it will hold a one-day seminar on the topic at the festival. Media outlets including BuzzFeed had threatened to pull out of the conference. 

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