The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 11.20.2015

Mali hostage situation; US authorities investigate German auto supplier; Politico names comms VP; Late Publicis staffer wins award; Tech stocks soar in IPOs; CNN suspends reporter after migration tweet; GOP frontrunners go very conservative on migrants.

The scene outside the New York Stock Exchange as Square went public on Thursday. (Image via Square's Facebook page).
The scene outside the New York Stock Exchange as Square went public on Thursday. (Image via Square's Facebook page).

Hostage situation in Mali
Leading Friday morning’s news cycle is a hostage crisis in the Malian capital, Bamako, where 170 people were taken at a Radisson Blu hotel. Special forces have reportedly stormed the building, and dozens of hostages have been freed.

Investigators find another target in Volkswagen emissions scandal
US authorities are looking into Bosch, the world’s largest auto supplier, as they investigate the Volkswagen emissions scandal, according to Reuters. The feds want to know if the German company knew about the automaker’s attempts to evade emissions tests in the US.

Politico names first comms VP
The DC-based news outlet has brought on outspoken veteran Republican political operative Brad Dayspring as its VP of communications. It’s a new job at Politico as the company expands both in the US and abroad.

Late Publicis staffer wins prestigious advertising award
Fabrice Dubois, who died in last Friday’s terrorist attack in Paris, was awarded a prestigious Epica Award earlier this week for his work on a Renault campaign. One judge said the organization was not aware he had passed away.

A good day for tech IPOs
Square’s stock was up 45% on the day of its debut, and was up 64% at one point on Thursday. Match Group’s shares jumped nearly 23% after its Thursday IPO, despite a strange interview with Sean Rad, the CEO of subsidiary Tinder, appearing in the Evening Standard this week.

CNN suspends correspondent over tweet
Reporter Elise Labott was suspended for two weeks by CNN after she tweeted mockingly about Thursday’s House of Representatives vote on migration policy. "House passes bill that could limit Syrian refugees. Statue of Liberty bows head in anguish," she said on Twitter.

GOP frontrunners go hard to the right on migration
Donald Trump drew criticism for saying he would support the creation of a database of Muslims in the US. Dr. Ben Carson compared refugees from Syria to rabid dogs. Evangelical leaders flock to Ted Cruz

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