The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Friday, 1.22.2016

Freshii to take advantage of Chipotle's one-day closure; Massive cable merger faces opposition; Flint water crisis update; Trouble for Trump; Auto recalls last year broke records.

Freshii to take advantage of Chipotle’s one-day closure

Fast-casual restaurant chain Freshii is halving the cost of its Mexican menu items, when Chipotle shuts its doors on February 8 to meet with employees and discuss its response to E. coli outbreaks. Freshii CEO Matthew Corrin said in a statement, "We figured the least we could do was look after their customers while Chipotle pauses to recalibrate."

Massive cable merger faces opposition

The Stop Mega Cable coalition -- made up of Dish Network, the US Telecom Association, Public Knowledge, the Consumers Union, and others -- joined forces Thursday to persuade regulators and members of Congress to oppose Charter Communications’ $67.1 billion bid to buy Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. They fear the deal could result in increased costs and worse service for customers.

The latest on the Flint water crisis

Environmental Protection Agency director Susan Hedman, who has been overseeing a region that includes Flint, Michigan, is stepping down amid the area’s water crisis. The EPA said on Thursday that the city and state’s response to the crisis has been "inadequate" and announced an emergency order to address the situation.

Celebs back anti-Trump campaign

A number of celebrities are backing a new campaign called Stop Hate, Dump Trump, aimed at ending GOP front-runner Donald Trump’s race to the White House. As of Friday morning, more than 13,000 people had endorsed the campaign, including stars such as Kerry Washington, Cynthia Nixon, Danny Glover, Dylan McDermott, Rosie O’Donnell, Roseanne Barr, and director Michael Moore.

And more trouble for Trump…

Conservative magazine National Review will publish a special issue on Friday opposing Trump's bid for the presidency. The publication tweeted the cover late Thursday night.

Auto recalls last year broke records

Automakers recalled a record 51.26 million vehicles in the US last year. Regulators said Thursday that the total topped the 50.99 million vehicles recalled in 2014.

In other recall news…

Britax is recalling more than 71,000 infant car seats, after it received 74 complaints about handles cracking or breaking. One infant suffered a bruise and bump to the head when the handle broke and the seat fell to the ground, according to media reports.

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