The 6 stories PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 6.25.2015

PBS puts the brakes on new seasons of 'Finding Your Roots;' What to look for from the Supreme Court; Google executive dies at Cannes; Takata CEO apologizes.

The 6 stories PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 6.25.2015

1. PBS has postponed new seasons of Finding Your Roots after determining that actor Ben Affleck exerted too much influence over the show to kill a part about his ancestors owning slaves in an episode that aired in late 2014. The program takes a look at the family histories of prominent people.

2. The Supreme Court could hand down several landmark decisions at the end of this week. While its long-awaited votes on same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act are getting the most attention, decisions on environmental regulations and housing discrimination are also expected.

3. A Google marketing executive died in Cannes on Monday after he was hit by a taxi while attending the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. The company has not released his identity out of respect for his family.

4. Takata CEO Shigehisa Takada apologized on Thursday for the company’s role in the massive recall affecting more than 30 million airbags in his first public comments on the corporate crisis. He spoke at a press conference at the company’s annual shareholder meeting.

5. The intense response of The Post and Courier of Charleston, South Carolina, to cover the deadly, racially motivated shooting that killed nine people there last Wednesday night has been profiled in The New York Times.

6. Facebook has poached Yahoo’s cybersecurity chief as incidents of cyberattacks continue to plague both the federal government and private companies. Alex Stamos’ title will be chief security officer at Facebook. Joseph Sullivan left the role recently for a similar position at Uber.

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