The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 9.25.2015

Volkswagen to name next CEO; Audi reviews comms account; Pope Francis to speak to UN, US and China to announce climate initiative; iPhone 6s goes on sale; Biden to address Human Rights Campaign.

The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 9.25.2015

More dismissals at VW expected as company faces wider inquiry
Volkswagen is expected to fire other top executives on Friday, including Michael Horn, its top US executive, according to Reuters. The automaker is also expected to name Porsche leader Matthias Mueller as its CEO today. Twenty-seven state attorneys general are investigating Volkswagen’s attempts to cheat emissions tests by installing "defeat device" software in its diesel cars.

Audi reviews US comms
Meanwhile, Volkswagen’s Audi of America unit is reviewing its communications AOR account, a process it hopes to have wrapped up by the end of this year. PMK-BMC is the incumbent on the account.

Pope Francis takes New York
Pope Francis will address leaders from around the world on Friday at the United Nations, where he is expected to discuss poverty and the environment. PR pros largely praised his speech to a joint session of Congress on Friday, but women’s groups gave him mixed reviews.

US, China plan major climate announcement
Leaders from the US and China are set to announce new initiatives to fight climate change on Friday, with China initiating a cap-and-trade policy in 2017. President Obama will also host Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping with a state dinner on Friday night.

Big numbers expected for iPhone 6s, 6s Plus
Apple is predicting record sales for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, which go on sale on Friday. Here’s a look at the launch around the world, via Mashable.

Biden to address gay rights group
Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the keynote address to gay rights group Human Rights Campaign’s national dinner on October 6; Hillary Clinton will speak to the organization that morning.

Trump bristles at AP photographer
Donald Trump, who is leading in Republican primary polls, lashed out at an Associated Press photographer on Thursday for taking pictures of dozens of empty seats at a campaign event in South Carolina. Trump has also publicly argued with journalists from Politico and Fox News this week. 

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