Six things PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 3.2.2015

'60 Minutes' says Lumber Liquidators skirted California law; Twitter investigates potential ISIS threats; Nurse who beat Ebola to sue her hospital network.

Six things PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 3.2.2015

1. Lumber Liquidators is facing increased scrutiny after a 60 Minutes investigation found the retailer is selling Chinese-made laminate flooring with more formaldehyde than permitted by California law. The chain has 360 stores in 46 states.

2. Twitter is working with law-enforcement officials to determine whether threats made against its employees and co-founder Jack Dorsey are legitimate. The terrorist group purportedly tried to intimidate the company due to its blocking of propaganda material.

3. Nina Pham, the first person infected with Ebola in the US and a nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, is planning to sue the healthcare system. She claims it invaded her privacy by releasing her health records, did not properly train her and other nurses, and used her as a publicity tool. The hospital worked with Burson-Marsteller last fall as it responded to the Ebola crisis.

4. Samsung took the wraps off two smartphones this weekend, the Galaxy S 6 and S 6 Edge, that it hopes will get it back in the race against Apple. The South Korean company also took a few shots at the iPhone-maker in its presentation.

5. News Corp. is planning to bring back Rebekah Brooks in a role focusing on digital and social media, including collaboration with Storyful. The former News of the World chief was acquitted last year of charges from the News International phone-hacking scandal.

6. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) won the CPAC straw poll over the weekend, with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker coming in second.

On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will announce her second bid for the White House next month, according to The Wall Street Journal, which would surprise some who expected her to hold off until summer. Potential rival Martin O’Malley, Maryland’s former governor, has thrown a few thinly veiled jabs at the former first lady. 

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