The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 9.21.2015

An Emmy for Jon Hamm; No McDonald's, no problem. Burger chains team up for 'Peace Day;' Volkswagen's emissions crisis; Pope Francis, President Xi visit US; Carson comments on Muslims cause furor.

A last hurrah for Don Draper
Jon Hamm finally won an Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Emmy on Sunday night for portraying Don Draper on Mad Men. Viola Davis, who became the first black woman to win a Best Lead Actress Emmy, stole the show with a stirring acceptance speech. Game of Thrones and Veep also won big.

Burger King’s ‘Peace Day’ giveaway
Burger King will hand out 1,500 "Peace Day Burgers" at an Atlanta pop-up restaurant on Monday, combining ingredients with Denny’s, Wayback Burgers, Krystal, and other chains to benefit charity. McDonald’s, which snubbed Burger King’s original peace offering, is instead lending a hand to the United Nations’ efforts to help refugees.

VW shares plummet amid diesel emissions crisis
Volkswagen’s stock was down big on Monday morning, a day after the company’s CEO apologized for allegedly cheating on US diesel emissions tests. It is recalling nearly a half-million cars in the US that have equipment designed to mislead emissions testers.

World leaders visit US
Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to arrive in the US on Tuesday. Both he and President Barack Obama will have to walk a communications tightrope during the state visit, experts say. Meanwhile, Pope Francis will also begin a US visit rife with symbolism tomorrow after leaving Cuba.

On the campaign trail
Dr. Ben Carson’s campaign staff is responding to a furor after the candidate said on Meet the Press on Sunday that a Muslim should not be president of the United States. Also on the campaign trail, Trump leads in GOP polls, but Fiorina moves into second after strong debate performance; Clinton’s lead grows; Trump refuses to say if Obama was born in the US. 

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