The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Wednesday, 11.11.2015

No clear winner of GOP debate; Brewing giants have merger deal in place; More security at University of Missouri after online threats; New York blows whistle on daily fantasy sports; Theranos-Safeway deal falls apart; Joe's Crab Shack throws out tipping at some locations.

GOP candidates focus on policy
Tuesday night’s Republican debate on Fox Business Network failed to produce a clear winner in what was a policy-driven alternative — maybe to a fault — compared with the most recent sparring match on CNBC.

What the media is saying
HuffPo: Candidates resoundingly reject idea of minimum wage hike; NYT: Candidates battle sharply on immigration; Fox News: Cruz vows to close five US agencies, but only names four, repeats Commerce; Reuters: Fox Business Network sees mission accomplished; Politico: Jeb Bush stops the bleeding, Rubio and Cruz shine.

Brewing giants have combination deal in place
Anheuser-Busch InBev has a formal, $109 billion deal in place to buy SABMiller, which would combine them into a company selling one in three beers worldwide. To get the deal done, SABMiller agreed to sell its 58% share of MillerCoors to business partner Molson Coors Brewing.

University of Missouri beefs up security amid online threats
#PrayForMizzou was the top trending topic on Twitter early Wednesday, as the college increased security after online and social media threats in the latest episode of racial tension at the school. Its president and chancellor agreed to step down this week.


NY AG throws flag on daily fantasy sports
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent a cease-and-desist order to daily online fantasy sports websites FanDuel and DraftKings on Tuesday, ordering them to stop taking wagers from state residents.

Deal between Theranos, Safeway over
Safeway and embattled healthcare technology startup Theranos have parted ways, despite the supermarket chain spending $350 million to build clinics for blood tests in its supermarkets. The chain is now using the areas for flu shots and other vaccines.

No tipping at some Joe’s Crab Shack locations
Casual seafood chain Joe’s Crab Shack is testing a no-tipping model at some of its locations, with its CEO saying tipping creates an overly competitive workplace for employees. Waiters and waitresses are being paid a higher hourly wage instead, he said. 

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