The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Wednesday morning, 1.13.2016

State of the Union recap; Rams move back to LA; What VW is doing after CA rejects recall plan; Children's cough syrup recalled; Teneo rebrands recent acquisitions StockWell and Pendomer.

Recap: Obama’s final State of the Union address

On Tuesday night, Obama challenged Americans to focus on "four big questions," dealing with the economy, technology, foreign policy, and the coarseness of US politics. He also downplayed ISIS’ threat to the US, warned the country against picking Donald Trump to take his place, and tapped VP Joe Biden to lead an effort to cure cancer. Gun control only came up once during the hour-long address. Also not mentioned: race or policing.

What the media is saying

NYT: In SOTU, Obama confronts Americans’ fears; WSJ: Obama’s SOTU lays out optimistic tone; WaPo: Obama urges nation not to fear future; Politico: Obama accuses GOP of fearmongering.

People shopped as Obama spoke

Twitter users went bonkers over First Lady Michelle Obama’s marigold dress on Tuesday night. The $628 Narcisco Rodriguez dress sold out online before the address was over.

The Rams are moving back to LA

The St. Louis Rams released a statement Tuesday evening confirming that NFL owners have approved the team’s move back to Los Angeles. The San Diego Chargers have also been given the option to join them in a proposed stadium in Inglewood, California. If they decline, the Oakland Raiders could make the move.

Crucial meeting for VW CEO after California rejects recall plan

Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller will meet with US regulators on Wednesday to discuss ways out of the emissions-cheating crisis. The automaker will present a reworked plan to the US EPA at what Bloomberg referred to as a "crucial" meeting. Yesterday, the California Air Resources Board dismissed a recall plan VW presented late last year as "incomplete."

Popular children’s cough syrup pulled for overdose risk

The Perrigo Company is voluntarily recalling two batches of its children’s cough syrup, after dosing cups with incorrect markings were included in the packaging. The medications are sold under different brand names at HEB, CVS, Rite-Aid, Kroger, Dollar General, Sunmark, Topcare, GoodSense, and Care One. More information can be found here.

Teneo rebrands recent acquisitions StockWell and Pendomer

Teneo Holdings has rebranded StockWell Communications Group and Pendomer Communications, the UK agencies it acquired last year, under its Teneo Strategy banner.

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