Five things PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 3.5.2015

Taco Bell consolidates PR work with Edelman firms; Clinton: "I want public to see my emails;" Leading female Twitter execs form investment group.

Five things PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 3.5.2015

1. Taco Bell has consolidated its communications accounts with DJE Holdings’ agencies, with Edelman, Zeno Group, Edelman Berland, and United Entertainment Group all getting a bite. Taylor was the incumbent on the account, working with the chain since 2010.

2. Hillary Clinton wants the public to see emails she sent from a private account during her tenure as secretary of state, she said Wednesday night in a tweet, her first comment on the issue. The State Department will release the messages to ensure no sensitive information is inadvertently disclosed. The process leaves questions about which messages will remain private.

The political crisis has taken many Democrats by surprise, with some more eager than before to seek an alternative candidate.

3. Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson has apologized for saying that being gay is a choice, and prison behavior backs up his theory. The retired neurosurgeon backtracked that his earlier "choice of language does not reflect fully my heart on gay issues."

4. A group of top Twitter executives, all women, are forming an investment group called #Angels. Its members said the organization is not a fund, however, and each partner will make investments individually.

5. Drug maker AbbVie said late Wednesday that it plans to buy biopharma company Pharmacyclics for $21 billion. Pharmacyclics’ signature drug can be used to treat blood cancers. It had revenue of $492 million last year and is expected to generate $1 billion this year. 

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