The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday, 2.23.2016

Republicans caucus in Nevada; Volkswagen tries to change its culture; Protests planned outside Apple Stores; Uber defends security protocols; Zenefits tries to tone down employee rowdiness.

Las Vegas be the center of the political world tonight after the Republicans caucus in Nevada (By Adam Kliczek, CC BY-SA 3.0)
Las Vegas be the center of the political world tonight after the Republicans caucus in Nevada (By Adam Kliczek, CC BY-SA 3.0)

What’s happening today: The Nevada caucuses
Republican rivals are hoping to slow down Donald Trump in today’s Nevada caucuses, the last state to go to the polls on the GOP side before Super Tuesday. Elsewhere, Ted Cruz fired his communications director after he posted a fake story about Marco Rubio. John Kasich apologized for his "women leaving their kitchens" comment. Clinton-Sanders race gets angrier.

New today: How Matthias Muller is trying to change Volkswagen
The Wall Street Journal looks at how new Volkswagen CEO Matthias Muller is trying to change the automaker’s culture in the wake of its emissions scandal. For one, he’s trying to tone down the businessmen-as-celebrities culture many of its executives embraced.

Consider rerouting your commute away from Apple Stores
Protests are planned in 30 cities around the globe on Tuesday in support of Apple, which is in a pitched publicity battle with the FBI. Former Microsoft chief (and Apple nemesis) Bill Gates said Monday that Apple should unlock the iPhone used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook.

Uber defends security protocols
Officials from the ride-hailing service defended the company’s protocols and said media attention on the company after a Saturday shooting spree by a driver is a distraction from the real issue: easy gun access. Jason Dalton, who was charged in a Michigan court on Monday, passed Uber’s background checks.

Employee communications 101: No sex, drinking in the stairwells
Last summer, a Zenefits executive banned smoking, drinking, and sex in the stairwells of its San Francisco headquarters, according to an emailed memo obtained by The Wall Street Journal. "Yes, you read that right. Do not use the stairwells to smoke, drink, eat, or have sex. Please respect building and company policy and use common sense," Emily Agin, the company’s director of real estate and workplace services, reportedly said.

What to know on Tuesday
For lunchtime: Hot dogs debut on Burger King’s menu. Producer Dr. Luke decries #FreeKesha "trial by Twitter." Report: Tribune Company fires its CEO. President Obama to make 10:30 am statement on closing Guantanamo Bay. 

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