The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 11.12.2015

Volkswagen to reveal whistleblower policy; REI CEO doesn't get feedback he wanted during Reddit AMA; Walmart alters Black Friday plans; Daily fantasy sports sites willing to fight it out in court; Apple could get into person-to-person payments; Undercover video shows shoddy treatment of pigs at Minnesota plant.

Volkswagen to unveil whistleblower policy
Embattled automaker Volkswagen is expected to release whistleblower guidelines for employees as soon as Thursday that would shield them from blowback if they divulge self-incriminating information. The EPA and other government agencies want more information about  the roots of the emissions scandal.

REI CEO hears it from employees on Reddit
Retailer REI may have received widespread acclaim for planning to shut its doors on Black Friday, but employees say they’re under too much pressure to sell memberships. CEO Jerry Strizke avoided answering a question from at least one staffer about employee experience during a Tuesday Ask Me Anything session, but responded hours later.

Slight changes to Walmart’s holiday sales plans
Walmart isn’t going the REI route. The world’s largest retailer is planning to open its doors at 6 pm on Thanksgiving, but it won’t do hourly deals for different items. The company is also making nearly all of its deals available online for the first time.

Daily fantasy sites willing to battle it out in court
DraftKings and FanDuel have both signaled they are willing to go to court over New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s cease-and-desist order to essentially stop operating in the state. Smaller daily fantasy sites have also stopped taking wages from Empire State residents.

P-to-p payments could be coming to Apple products
Apple is in talks with banks as it develops a person-to-person payment system that would rival PayPal’s Venmo service and others. However, The Wall Street Journal points out it’s not clear how the technology giant would make money from the product.

Bloomberg-backed gun-control group pitches idea to White House
Everytown for Gun Safety, a group backed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, will unveil its plan for closing gun-sales loopholes on Thursday. The organization says President Barack Obama could enact the policy without going to Congress.

Undercover video shows shoddy treatment of pigs in Minnesota plans
A video shot at Austin, Minnesota, Quality Pork Producers shows what appears to be pigs covered in feces headed for the production line and workers cheering and tossing blood-spattered towels at one another. The USDA says it will take action if it can verify the video. 

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