The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Wednesday, 11.25.2015

Video of police shooting sparks outrage on Chicago streets; Nestlé calls itself out over forced labor issues in Thailand; Amazon takes precaution over possible password leaks; E. coli outbreak has Costco under federal microscope

The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Wednesday, 11.25.2015

Graphic police-shooting video sparks protests in Chicago
The release of footage of an October 20 incident in which Jason Van Dyke, a white officer, fatally shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald spurred protesters to take to Windy City streets shouting "don’t shoot me." Van Dyke has been charged with first-degree murder, which is being deemed a monumental step for one of the US’ most segregated cities.

Nestlé blows whistle on itself over forced labor in Thailand
In an act of self-policing, Geneva-based Nestlé disclosed the findings of an internal probe that confirmed workers in its seafood supply chain in Thailand were toiling in slave-like conditions to catch and process fish for its products. The bold admission is being lauded as a model for all food companies looking to clean up their supply chains.

Amazon acts quickly in light of potential password leak
Amid reports passwords may have been compromised, Amazon force-reset an unknown number of accounts on Tuesday. Customers were informed via email that there was "no reason" to believe their passwords were disclosed to any third party, but the step was taken out of an "abundance of caution."

Costco under microscope over E. coli outbreak
The CDC is looking into an outbreak of E. coli that has left 19 people sick in at least seven US states, mostly in the west. Preliminary reports indicate that rotisserie chicken salad made and sold in Costco Wholesale stores is the likely source.

State Department issues global travel alert
On the eve of Thanksgiving, the US issued a worldwide travel alert as concerns remain that terror groups plan more attacks after the recent massacres in Paris. The warning does not instruct Americans to avoid travel, but urges everyone to "exercise vigilance when using transportation." This is the first such alert issued by the US since October 2011.

Ben Carson caught in watchdog group’s crosshairs
On the heels of the GOP presidential candidate’s 26-day book tour last month, the American Democracy Legal Fund has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission that Carson violated campaign finance law because his publisher, Sentinel, paid for his travel expenses. Carson’s team quickly responded, noting the complaint has no merit and that "both campaign and publisher were meticulous in segregating expenses and activities."

Golden State Warriors make history
With the team’s 111-77 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers last night, the defending NBA champions became the first team in league history to open a season with 16 consecutive wins. This only adds to star player Stephen Curry’s ever-rising marketing stock.

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