The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 7.10.2015

Rebel flag to come down in South Carolina; OPM chief stands her ground; Visit California account up for grabs in Canada; ESPN cuts costs.

1. South Carolina law enforcement officials will take down the Confederate flag from the State House grounds in Columbia this morning. Governor Nikki Haley, whose stock is up amid the controversy over the Confederate battle flag, signed legislation ordering its removal on Thursday.

2. Office of Personnel Management director Katherine Archuleta is refusing to step down despite reports emerging on Thursday that hackers walked away with the personal information of 21 million US residents, or 7% of the population, during her tenure. Update: She resigned on Friday.

3. Visit California is looking for marcomms support in Canada to boost tourism to the state. The year-long contact is worth $900,000.

4. ESPN is watching its spending closely after 3.2 million customers cut the chord from their cable subscriptions in the past year. The sports network parted ways with Keith Olbermann this week.

5. Ariana Grande apologized again for the caught-on-tape doughnut-licking incident that landed her in hot water, as well as commenting that she "hates America." She referenced recent events in saying she’s never been prouder of her country in the video apology.

6. Do PR pros have a responsibility to help colleagues adjust to new cultures, especially in the wake of Julie Hamp’s arrest and subsequent release without charges in Japan? Experts from the Asia-Pacific region weigh in.

7. Facebook is looking to integrate music videos into its News Feed in what could be a shot across the bow at YouTube. First, it has to get licensing rights from several major record labels.

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