The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday, 11.24.2015

Politicians not fans of Pfizer-Allergan deal; 'The Man in the High Castle' subway campaign turns heads; Volkswagen faces tax investigation in Germany; Uber launches safety advisory board; Christie improves his chances in New Hampshire.

(Image via the Facebook page for The Man in the High Castle).
(Image via the Facebook page for The Man in the High Castle).

Politicians slam Pfizer-Allergan deal
Pfizer CEO Ian Read may have emphasized on Monday that his company’s $160 billion acquisition of Allergan will result in investment in the US, but politicians from both parties aren’t buying it. Critics say the blockbuster merger is little more than a tax-avoidance scheme.

Did Amazon subway campaign go too far?
Too much? A campaign for the Amazon show The Man in the High Castle that wrapped a New York City subway car in Imperial Japanese and Nazi symbols is getting attention, and not all of it good. The show depicts an alternative present in which the Axis Powers won World War II.

Volkswagen faces tax inquiry tied to emissions scandal
Two German media outlets are reporting that investigators in the country are looking into tax evasion charges at the embattled automaker tied to its emissions scandal. The company is already facing billions in compensation costs related to the crisis.

Uber develops safety board
Ride-hailing startup Uber is developing a safety advisory board to help it figure out security challenges. It will include the EVP of the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Critics have charged the company does not conduct stringent background checks of its drivers.

Denver PR executive passes away
William "Bill" Kostka died Sunday night at the age of 81. He led the firm William Kostka & Associates, later known as Kostka Gleason Communications, for more than four decades. Kostka worked with clients such as Kodak, 7-Eleven, and Ford.

Christie moves up in New Hampshire
In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s fortunes are rising in New Hampshire, where he’s claiming the strongest credentials to take on groups such as the Islamic State.

Google uses The Force in latest Easter egg
People searching Google for "a long time ago in a galaxy far far away" are getting a surprise, a search-results screen the mimics the opening credits of Star Wars, complete with theme music. The Easter Egg is earning the search engine kudos among the franchise’s legions of fans. 


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