The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Wednesday morning, 7.15.2015

PRWeek Awards 2016 open for submissions; Obama works to sell Iran deal to Capitol Hill; Fake Twitter sale story sends stock up.

MSLGroup celebrates at the 2015 PRWeek Awards
MSLGroup celebrates at the 2015 PRWeek Awards

1. The PRWeek Awards 2016 are open for submissions. This year’s chair of judges is Barry Caldwell, SVP of corporate affairs and chief legal officer at Waste Management. At this year’s ceremony, the #LikeAGirl campaign from Always and MSLGroup won the top campaign award, while Weber Shandwick took home Agency of the Year.

2. Now for the tough part on the Iran deal. President Obama is reaching out to legislators as they have 60 days to review the nuclear deal with Iran. Despite the accord, Iran still presents a very difficult prospective business environment for US companies. The deal also created a difficult talking point for Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, according to Reuters.

3. Government officials have not yet notified the 21.5 million Americans whose information was compromised in a data breach of records from the Office of Personnel Management last month. OPM and other government agencies are setting up a system to notify victims.

4. Planned Parenthood is pushing back against what it called a sting video purporting to show a doctor talking about the sale of fetal body parts after an abortion. The group says the video, taken by the anti-abortion group the Center for Medical Progress, was selectively edited.

5. The New York Stock Exchange’s slow response to the blip that halted trading for hours last Wednesday has been blamed on job cuts and layoffs at high levels since Intercontinental Exchange bought the NYSE in 2012.

6. Twitter’s stock briefly jumped on Tuesday after a fake news report, created to look like a Bloomberg story, said the company was working with banks on a $31 billion sale bid. Both Bloomberg and Twitter said the report was not true.

7. Donald Trump’s presidential campaign tweeted an image of marching Nazi soldiers superimposed on the American flag on Tuesday afternoon. The campaign blamed an intern for posting the photo and quickly deleted it.

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