The 10 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 6.30.2015

McNeely Pigott & Fox cofounder dies after heart attack; Obama announces new overtime rules in Huffington Post op-ed; 2% of Facebook users adopt app supporting LGBT rights.

The 10 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 6.30.2015

1. McNeely Pigott & Fox co-founder Mike Pigott died on Monday after suffering cardiac arrest. He was 61. Before founding the Nashville, Tennessee-based PR firm, Pigott was an award-winning newspaper reporter.

2. President Obama is moving to make millions more Americans eligible for overtime. He explained the rule change, which will make workers who earn up to $50,000 a year eligible to earn time-and-a-half pay, in an op-ed on The Huffington Post. Obama’s approval rating has hit 50% for the first time in two years, according to a new CNN/ORC poll.

3. Two percent of Facebook’s global user base has adopted the #CelebratePride app, which adds a rainbow-colored filter over a user’s avatar to show support of the LGBT community. More than 26 million people around the globe are using the app.

4. The US Chamber of Commerce is working to help tobacco companies around the globe, according to The New York Times. The Chamber’s international affiliates are helping smoking interests in countries such as Moldova, Ukraine, and the Philippines, according to the report.

5. Chris Christie will launch his presidential campaign on Tuesday at his old high school in Livingston, New Jersey. The two-term governor is expected to stress that he’s the candidate who will tell it like it is as he joins the crowded Republican field.

6. Apple Music is launching on Tuesday, after an assist of sorts from Taylor Swift last week. Re/code calls the streaming music service rich and robust, but confusing.

7. Uber has skyrocketing user numbers but is also running huge losses, according to financial documents seen by Bloomberg News. The company contends those numbers are old.

8. Walmart has apologized for one of its stores making an ISIS-themed cake after refusing to create a Confederate flag-themed dessert. A customer in Louisiana wanted a cake emblazoned with the Confederate flag and the words "heritage, not hate."

9. Native advertising technology company Nativo has raised more than $20 million in new venture capital funding, according to The Wall Street Journal.

10. Insurance broker Willis Group and risk adviser Towers Watson & Co. will merge in an $18 billion deal. Meanwhile, Sysco is calling off its plans to combine with rival US Foods. 

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