The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 10.30.2015

Crocs names first global PR agency of record; More Clinton emails to be made public; PayPal suffers overnight outage; Valeant cuts ties with distributor; Republican debate fallout; Weird Al takes on sports press conferences.

The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 10.30.2015

Crocs names first global AOR
And it’s FleishmanHillard. The Omnicom Group agency won an informal pitch for the account; work on the business will start at the beginning of next year. The footwear brand’s six key global markets are the US, UK, Germany, South Korea, Japan, and China.

More Clinton emails out today
The State Department will release the latest batch of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s personal emails on Friday. Observers are expecting little more than details of her interactions with staffers. It will be the first bundle of emails made public since her Benghazi testimony on Capitol Hill last week.

PayPal back up and running
The online payments service suffered an international outage last night, down for two hours according to the monitoring website Down Right Now. The company tweeted early Friday that its platform was back online.

Pharma fallout
Valeant Pharmaceuticals cut all ties with distributor Philidor Rx Services on Friday morning, after the latter was accused of creating "phantom sales." Top US drug benefit managers stopped working with the mail-order pharmacy earlier this week.

Republican debate response
Top staffers for GOP candidates, whose bosses are unhappy with Wednesday’s Republican debate, are planning to meet Sunday night in Washington to discuss how to take some clout from the hands of the Republican National Committee, according to Politico. The format and moderating of the event has been criticized by both sides of the aisle. Jeb Bush is plotting how to bounce back after a widely panned performance, reportedly telling backers, "I realize I need to get better."

University of Louisville leader apologizes for photo
James Ramsey, president of the University of Louisville, apologized late Thursday after he was photographed with other staffers dressed in a sombrero with a bushy mustache in a Halloween photo. One Hispanic student at the college said he was "appalled" by the image.

Friday fun, courtesy of Weird Al
Post-game press conferences are amazing examples of how little one can say in short, rehearsed, and often meaningless statemnts. Weird Al Yankovic puts them in perspective.

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