The 8 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 7.24.2015

Anthem to buy Cigna for $48 billion; Criminal inquiry into Clinton emails recommended; Gawker relaunch could come Monday.

The 8 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 7.24.2015

1. Leading Friday morning’s news cycle: three people are dead after a shooting at a theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, on Thursday night during a showing of the comedy Trainwreck. The gunman took his own life. Nine other people were injured. The film’s star, Amy Schumer, tweeted that her "heart is broken" over the shooting.

2. Anthem has agreed to buy Cigna for $48 billion in a deal that combines two healthcare giants and could reshape the industry. The acquisition announcement follows months of speculation. The combined company would cover about 53 million people.

3. Two inspectors general have requested that the Justice Department open a criminal inquiry into whether classified information was mishandled via former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s personal email server, The New York Times reported Friday morning. The investigators found hundreds of messages contain potentially sensitive information.

4. Gawker is expected to relaunch on Monday, and CEO Nick Denton expects it to be "20% nicer" than the old version, according to Capital New York’s report on a Thursday night meeting between Denton and his staff at a Williamsburg bar.

5. Cities and states across the country have raised the minimum wage, or are planning to, for fast-food workers, in a movement that has grown far beyond its New York City launching pad.

6. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki previewed a new version of her company’s flagship app on Thursday at the VidCon convention. It features vertical playback of videos for the first time. She said 1 billion viewers are visiting the site every month.

7. Bill Cosby's new lawyer and spokesperson Monique Pressley is pushing back against damaging deposition transcripts on behalf of her client. She says the media is taking the disgraced entertainment legend’s own words out of context.

8. Twitter said Thursday that it is making it easier for advertisers to buy sponsored tweets during big events, such as the Super Bowl or MTV’s Video Music Awards. A new tool will also help marketers create content for widely watched events. 

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