The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Wednesday, 5.4.2016

RNC chair says Trump is presumptive nominee; Sard negotiates minority stake sale to Silicon Valley private equity firm; May the Fourth; Obama to visit Flint; Takata recall to double.

What happened last night: Trump (nearly) grabs GOP nomination
The Republican nomination for president is within Donald Trump’s reach after he won Indiana’s primary on Tuesday. Ted Cruz dropped out of the race. John Kasich has not (yet). Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus signaled to members of his party that it’s time to get behind Trump. On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders won Indiana, though he faces near-impossible delegate math to catch Hillary Clinton.

Sard negotiates sale to private equity firm
Financial and crisis communications specialist Sard Verbinnen & Company is in negotiations to sell 40% of the agency for $60 million to San Francisco-based private equity firm Golden Gate Capital, according to The New York Times. A "wave" of staffers have resigned from the agency during the process.

May the Fourth: The unofficial Star Wars holiday
If you see people dressed as storm troopers on the train, don’t worry. It’s May the Fourth, the unofficial holiday for Star Wars fans. With anticipation for The Force Awakens high last year, brands from Barefoot Wine to NASA tweeted about the holiday.

Obama to visit Flint
President Barack Obama is set to touch down in Flint, Michigan, on Wednesday to check out the city’s water crisis for himself. Some local leaders are calling for the federal government to take a larger role in the response. He’ll also meet with "Little Miss Flint," one child affected by the issue wrote a letter to Obama.

Already historic Takata recall to double
Regulators are set to say on Wednesday that Takata will need to recall twice as many airbags as it had planned, doubling the largest automotive recall in U.S. history and bringing the total to 63 million. Authorities say Takata’s airbags can unexpectedly explode. 

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