The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 7.30.2015

40 Under 40 2015; J Austin ends work for Minnesota dentist who killed Cecil the Lion; Rolling Stone managing editor to step down.

1. PRWeek’s 40 Under 40 list for 2015 is out, recognizing the best young talent in the PR industry. Click here to see who made the rankings.

2. Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who killed Cecil the Lion, wrote an apology note to his patients, saying he is sorry for disrupting their care and expressing regret for the incident. PR firm J Austin & Associates wrapped up its crisis communications support for Palmer on Wednesday.

3. Rolling Stone managing editor Will Dana is stepping down, months after the magazine retracted a story about a supposed gang-rape incident at a University of Virginia fraternity. Numerous lawsuits have been filed against the media outlet over the story.

4. Hackers shut down Planned Parenthood’s website for a short time on Wednesday night. It was the second time in a week that hackers attacked the website of the embattled organization.

5. Malaysia Airlines and Boeing have issued conservative statements after wreckage was found on an island in the Indian Ocean that some have linked to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in 2014. Authorities are investigating the wreckage.

6. Rio de Janeiro’s rivers are so contaminated that swimmers and other athletes competing in them during the 2016 Summer Olympic Games will risk becoming violently ill, according to an investigation by the Associated Press.

7. Royal Dutch Shell noted a strong performance in marketing in the second quarter, but that failed to offset a sharp decrease in profit. The company will cut 6,500 positions in response to a drop in oil and gas prices. 

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