The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Wednesday, 2.24.2016

Trump wins big in Nevada; Profile: Mark Penn's Stagwell Group; J&J ordered to pay $72m to cancer victim; Obama administration officials to meet with tech sector execs on extremist propaganda; More on Apple vs. the FBI.

Donald Trump on the campaign trail. (Image via Trump's Facebook page).
Donald Trump on the campaign trail. (Image via Trump's Facebook page).

Last night: Trump romps in Nevada
Donald Trump won big in Nevada’s Republican caucuses on Tuesday night, while Marco Rubio eked out second place over Ted Cruz. The Republicans are turning their attention to the spate of Super Tuesday races scheduled for March 1. The Democratic primary in South Carolina is set for Saturday.

How Stagwell Group is trying to change the holding company model
PRWeek sat down with Mark Penn, Democratic pollster, one-time Burson-Marsteller CEO, and former chief strategist to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign. Penn explained why he believes Stagwell Group, formed last year, is a more nimble alternative to the traditional holding company model.

J&J ordered to pay $72m in damages after talc suit
A jury in Missouri ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million in damages to the family of a woman who died of ovarian cancer, which was linked to her use of the company’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products. Cases have been filed in two states accusing the company of failing to warn customers that talc-based products could cause cancer.

Obama administration convenes summit on combatting extremist propaganda
White House officials will meet with tech-sector executives and representatives from social media and advertising companies on Wednesday at the Justice Department to talk about combatting Islamic State propaganda. The meeting was scheduled before tensions between Apple and the FBI came to a head.

The latest on Apple vs. the FBI
More details have emerged about the conflict between Apple and the FBI, which is asking for the technology giant’s help unlocking nine phones, as well as the one used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook. Apple is also preparing to argue in court that the FBI’s requests violate its First Amendment rights.

What to know on Wednesday
Brands are becoming more inclusive of the transgender community in their LGBT marketing. Bill Gates walks back reports he’s backing the FBI in dispute with Apple. More details: Uber driver switched cars during killing spree. Kesha thanks fans for support with Instagram post. 

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