Breakfast Briefing: The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 7.15.2016

Terrorism hits Nice, France; Trump postpones VP rollout.

Leading Friday morning’s news cycle: Terrorist attack in Nice, France, kills 84. A truck drove into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day on Thursday night. Two Americans, one an 11-year-old boy, were among those killed. Facebook activated its Safety Check feature for the third time in just over a month.

The attack prompted Donald Trump to postpone his running mate announcement, which had been scheduled for 11 a.m. EST on Friday. The presumptive Republican nominee told donors on Thursday night that he’ll unveil his pick — widely reported to be Indiana Governor Mike Pence — over the weekend. Despite cancelling the event, Trump did two call-in interviews on Fox News on Thursday night.

The schedule for next week’s Republican National Convention is still in flux. Tim Tebow said on Instagram Thursday evening that he will not speak, despite convention documents obtained by The New York Times showing him pencilled into a Thursday night slot. Facebook distanced itself from reported Thursday night speaker Peter Thiel, saying he will appear "in his personal capacity." The Democrats are planning their own counter-convention in Cleveland during the Republican event, holding press conferences and media calls and using the hashtag #BetterThanThis. (PRWeek will be on the ground in Cleveland during the Republican convention next week. Check PRWeek.com or follow news editor Frank Washkuch on Twitter for updates).

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President Obama sparred with Texas’s lieutenant governor on Thursday night during a nationally televised town hall on policing and race relations. Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said police officers don’t truly believe the president supports them. Obama countered that he has been unequivocal in his backing of police.

Congress passed a measure on Thursday requiring food manufacturers to disclose genetically modified ingredients. However, the regulations will take years to be phased in, making them a win for large food companies. The laws would supersede much stricter state measures on GMO disclosures. 

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