The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Wednesday morning, 2.3.2016

Obama to visit Baltimore mosque; Clinton, Sanders set for New Hampshire town hall; Testimony set on Flint water crisis; Intel's diversity report; Amazon plans physical expansion; Poor fourth-quarter results from Yahoo, Chipotle.

Chipotle reported huge Q4 drops in sales and net profits on Tuesday.
Chipotle reported huge Q4 drops in sales and net profits on Tuesday.

What to watch today: President Obama visits a mosque
President Barack Obama will visit a US mosque on Wednesday for the first time in his two terms in office. His stop at the Islamic Society of Baltimore will take place amid growing Islamophobia in the country and in the Republican primaries in particular.

And tonight: Democratic town hall in New Hampshire
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will take part in a prime-time town hall on CNN. Clinton’s team is spinning that a New Hampshire primary victory for Sanders wouldn’t mean too much, considering he’s from neighboring Vermont. Sanders hasn’t ruled out contesting Clinton’s win in Iowa. On the Republican side, Marco Rubio is trying out new attack lines as he consolidates moderate support, while Donald Trump is hitting the reset button on his campaign.

On the Hill: Congress looks for answers on Flint water crisis
Michigan and federal officials will testify in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform this afternoon on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. However, neither the city’s manager nor Michigan Governor Rick Snyder will be there. The FBI joined the criminal investigation into the situation on Tuesday.

New this morning: Another tech giant struggles with diversity
Intel released a report on its employee diversity on Wednesday morning, showing it has made progress hiring women, but less so with African-American staffers. The company noted it has eliminated the pay gap between male and female employees.

Coming to a mall near you: Amazon bookstores
The online retail giant is planning to move into malls across the country, the CEO of mall company General Growth Properties let slip on a Tuesday earnings call. Sandeep Mathrani said Amazon could open as many as 400 physical locations after debuting its first bricks-and-mortar store in Seattle last year. The company isn’t commenting yet.

Ugly numbers, part 1
Yahoo is looking for "strategic alternatives" for its core Internet business and cutting about 15% of its staff, its leadership said yesterday on an earnings call. CEO Marissa Mayer said she’s still trying to turn the company around, but will entertain sales offers. Meanwhile, Tumblr has lost about a quarter of its value since it was bought by Yahoo.

Ugly numbers, part 2
Chipotle fourth-quarter sales fell nearly 15% as the burrito chain struggled with its E. coli crisis. Revenue was down 6.8% in the period while net profits dropped 44%. Cofounder and CEO Steve Ells called it the "most challenging period" in Chipotle’s history." 

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