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Legacy gives teens social tools to advocate against smoking

Legacy gives teens social tools to advocate against smoking

Legacy, the public health foundation that directs and funds the Truth campaign, is tapping into teens' online influence to stop their peers from smoking.

Illinois gives FleishmanHillard $25.6m extension for Get Covered contract

Illinois gives FleishmanHillard $25.6m extension for Get Covered contract

Fleishman initially won the work to promote the state's health insurance marketplace, Get Covered Illinois, last year in a contract worth up to $35 million.

Nevada seeks agency to boost state tourism

Nevada seeks agency to boost state tourism

The budget on the account is $12.6 million over two years.

Centrica hires Edelman director Sarah Richardson for top public affairs role

Centrica hires Edelman director Sarah Richardson for top public affairs role

Sarah Richardson, a director at Edelman and former Lord Mayor of Westminster, is to join Centrica Energy in the newly created role of director of public affairs.

Uber hires former top Obama aide Plouffe to oversee comms, policy

Uber hires former top Obama aide Plouffe to oversee comms, policy

David Plouffe "will be managing all global policy and political activities, communications, and Uber branding efforts," the company's CEO, Travis Kalanick, wrote in a blog post on the hire.

Gun-control group petitions Kroger to ban open carry in stores

Gun-control group petitions Kroger to ban open carry in stores

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is turning to a tried-and-true formula to campaign against the open carry of firearms in Kroger stores.

Five things for PR pros to know Friday morning

Five things for PR pros to know Friday morning

Obama uses televised statement to announce Iraq action; Malaysian government to take over, revamp troubled Malaysia Airlines; WHO calls on governments to do more fighting Ebola; Twitter changes advertising fee model; NYT to begin using the word "torture."

Cruise trade association reviews PR business

Cruise trade association reviews PR business

The review comes as the cruise industry faces scrutiny for safety concerns among passengers.

Microsoft hires Harkin communications director for DC-based role

Microsoft hires Harkin communications director for DC-based role

Cyrul Frischmann will "focus on telling Microsoft's story to US government and public policy audiences," the company said in a statement.

Communicators fondly remember Brady

Communicators fondly remember Brady

The former White House press secretary, who was a prominent gun-control advocate after he was wounded in an assassination attempt on President Reagan, was remembered for his humor and good nature.

Former Reagan press secretary, gun-control champion Brady dies at 73

Former Reagan press secretary, gun-control champion Brady dies at 73

Brady suffered a gunshot wound to the head in the assassination attempt on Reagan in 1981. The brain damage caused paralysis and remanded him to a wheelchair, according to Reuters, but did not stop Brady from championing the "Brady bill," a law passed in 1993 that mandated a waiting period and background checks for prospective gun owners.

Blue Rubicon invests £5m in growth drive following private equity deal

Blue Rubicon invests £5m in growth drive following private equity deal

Comms consultancy Blue Rubicon has invested a sum close to £5m in pursuit of its growth ambitions since its landmark deal with private equity company LDC in late 2012.

Six questions for one PR firm supporting Hobby Lobby and the Becket Fund

Six questions for one PR firm supporting Hobby Lobby and the Becket Fund

Diana Banister, partner and VP of Shirley & Banister Public Affairs, talks with PRWeek about the communications strategies behind the Hobby Lobby court case opposing the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate.

Five things for PR pros to know Monday morning

Five things for PR pros to know Monday morning

Congress makes a plan for reform at the VA; Dollar Tree buys Family Dollar; Virgin America files for IPO.

PepsiCo's Hoffman joins Herbalife as corporate affairs EVP

PepsiCo's Hoffman joins Herbalife as corporate affairs EVP

Hoffman will lead public policy, corporate communications, government affairs, community relations, and philanthropy when he starts on August 25.

Edelman brings on former senators Gregg, Conrad in adviser roles

Edelman brings on former senators Gregg, Conrad in adviser roles

Both will offer public policy advice and communications counsel to corporate, association, and nonprofit clients in the newly created roles.

Former Walmart comms leader Dach joins HHS as senior counselor

Former Walmart comms leader Dach joins HHS as senior counselor

Leslie Dach, formerly the communications leader at Walmart, will join the Department of Health and Human Services as a senior counselor to Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell.

SKDKnickerbocker unveils Millennial, executive comms practices

SKDKnickerbocker unveils Millennial, executive comms practices

Stephen Krupin is leading the executive communications unit, while Audrey Gelman is heading up the Millennial team.

Howell James to leave global comms role at Christie's to head Quiller

Howell James to leave global comms role at Christie's to head Quiller

Howell James, whose experience includes running comms for the Government and Barclays, is taking over the leadership of Huntsworth-owned strategic consultancy Quiller.

Celebrities join new ad blitz in favour of Scotland staying in the Union

Celebrities join new ad blitz in favour of Scotland staying in the Union

Celebrities including Eddie Izzard, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Ross Kemp are to feature in an ad launched today by senior figures in adland as part of a new campaign against Scottish independence.

Analysis

Public figures exploit 'right to be forgotten' at their own peril

Public figures exploit 'right to be forgotten' at their own peril

It might be tempting for business executives or celebrities to take advantage of the "right to be forgotten" ruling in Europe. But they risk the "Streisand effect" if they do so.

Internal comms key to fixing 'corrosive' VA culture

Internal comms key to fixing 'corrosive' VA culture

If confirmed to lead the VA, former P&G CEO Robert McDonald will have to focus on listening as much as leading, comms experts tell PRWeek.

Always-on news environment ups the ante for White House press secretary

Always-on news environment ups the ante for White House press secretary

Americans' news-consumption habits are changing quickly, and with them, so is the job of White House press secretary.

Net neutrality comms battle will define Web's future

Net neutrality comms battle will define Web's future

The future of the Internet hangs in the balance due to an ongoing battle between telecoms giants and the technology industry - and each side is taking a very different approach to telling their story.

Abortion debate ramps up as parties look to sway voters

Abortion debate ramps up as parties look to sway voters

The pro-life versus pro-choice debate is reigniting as the 2014 midterm elections near.

DC Influencers

DC Influencer: Avery Mann, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

DC Influencer: Avery Mann, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Avery Mann, VP of PR and comms, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, on telling survivors' stories on their terms.

DC Influencer: Erin Streeter, National Association of Manufacturers

DC Influencer: Erin Streeter, National Association of Manufacturers

Erin Streeter, SVP, comms, National Association of Manufacturers, outlines the campaign to maintain intellectual property protections.

DC Influencer: Arun Chaudhary, Revolution Messaging

DC Influencer: Arun Chaudhary, Revolution Messaging

Arun Chaudhary, Revolution Messaging partner, talks about how Drunk Dial Congress was created and how it helped people vent their anger.

DC Influencer: Bill Thorne, National Retail Federation

DC Influencer: Bill Thorne, National Retail Federation

Bill Thorne, SVP of comms and public affairs, National Retail Federation, talks about changing the perception of retail and reaching young people

DC Influencer: Jonathan Grella, US Travel Association

DC Influencer: Jonathan Grella, US Travel Association

Jonathan Grella, SVP, public affairs at the US Travel Association, talks about customs reform and leveraging social platforms to raise key issues.

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Public Affairs Commentary

Rebrand helps conservation nonprofit double its revenue, engage new audience

Rebrand helps conservation nonprofit double its revenue, engage new audience

For Rainforest Trust's anniversary, the nonprofit wanted a new identity that would help raise its profile, attract new donors, and advance its mission.

King: Plant the seeds early when looking to change long-term recycling perceptions

King: Plant the seeds early when looking to change long-term recycling perceptions

Changing the attitudes and actions of the public requires patience and persistence, writes Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association's Jackie King.

Companies must adhere to copyright laws or face the consequences

Companies must adhere to copyright laws or face the consequences

The Software & Information Industry Association has devised a new content compliance initiative aimed at ensuring that companies who are copying, distributing, posting, and using their content are properly licensed.

Leveraging digital technology to create the chemistry set for the 21st Century

Leveraging digital technology to create the chemistry set for the 21st Century

Remember the old chemistry set that allowed kids to mix chemicals together and learn about science?

Rebranding effort ensures the mission does continue for service veterans

Rebranding effort ensures the mission does continue for service veterans

More than 5 million US troops fought in the war on terror. Their homecoming has sparked the creation of a new generation of veterans service organizations to support the 1% of Americans who have served.