Seven things PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 4.14.2015

Nokia looks to buy Alcatel-Lucent; P&G preps for Lafley's departure; Rubio kicks off campaign; Clinton visits Chipotle.

1. It’s been a year since celebrities and first lady Michelle Obama took part in the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, which raised awareness of Boko Haram’s kidnapping of more than 275 girls in Nigeria. More than 200 are still missing. Ceremonies marking the anniversary of the mass abduction will take place in cities around the world on Tuesday.

2. Nokia is in advanced talks to buy French telecommunications rival Alcatel-Lucent in a deal that would create a global telecommunications conglomerate. However, any possible pact is already stirring concerns about job losses and political opposition.

3. Procter & Gamble is getting ready for CEO AG Lafley to step down this summer, according to The Wall Street Journal, which cited meetings between P&G executives and financial analysts and investors. David Taylor, a 35-year company veteran, is expected to be named his successor.

4. Marco Rubio began his bid for the White House Monday night in Miami, drawing a contrast with other candidates — ahem, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Jeb Bush — by promising leadership from a new generation.

5. Clinton, meanwhile, went largely incognito at an Ohio Chipotle on Monday evening — she ordered a burrito bowl — on her way to her campaign’s first events in Iowa in a van nicknamed "Scooby." She’ll start with small-town meetings in the early caucus state. Politico detailed on Tuesday morning how the GOP will try to turn her into the Democrats’ version of Mitt Romney.

6. Anheuser-Busch has signed a four-year extension of its sponsorships of the US and Mexican national soccer teams, which will boost visibility of both the Budweiser and Bud Light brands. The deal will run through the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

7. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has apologized for comparing what he sees as the effects of childhood vaccines to the holocaust. The political scion has linked autism to the vaccination of children for diseases such as measles. 

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