The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 3.10.2016

While other sponsors bail, Head sticks with Sharapova; Sanders, Clinton debate immigration in Miami; Internet freaks out over color of Sanders' suit; Volkswagen US CEO departs; Twitter boosts employee compensation.

(Image via Head's Facebook page).
(Image via Head's Facebook page).

Head sticks with Sharapova after other sponsors bail
The tennis equipment manufacturer said Thursday morning that it’s actually looking to extend its contract with the tennis star, despite her admission this week that she’s tested positive for a banned substance. Porsche, Nike, and Tag Heuer have suspended endorsement deals with Sharapova.

What happened last night: Fierce Democratic debate in Miami
Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton went at it again Wednesday night in Miami, and much of the debate centered on immigration policy. Both said they would not deport non-criminals or children. Bloomberg News commented that Clinton missed a chance to move on from her stunning defeat in Michigan on Tuesday.

But what color was Sanders’ suit?
For some observers, the major unanswered question of the night was whether Sanders’ suit was blue or dark brown, in a debate reminiscent of #TheDress Internet phenomenon last year. Sanders’ rapid response director cleared the air: the suit was blue.

Twitter pays up to keep talent
The struggling microblogging platform is boosting pay packages to keep talent in house, including giving restricted stock packages to even junior-level staffers. The company’s stock is down about a third since Jack Dorsey took over as CEO last October.

Volkswagen US chief executive steps down
Six months after its emissions crisis began, Volkswagen said US CEO Michael Horn is stepping down. Predictably, he will "pursue other opportunities" effective immediately. Hinrich Woebcken will replace him on an interim basis. Dealers are startled by Horn’s departure, according to The New York Times.

What to know on Thursday:
Sarcastic comment by former Gawker editor at Hogan trail gets attention. Mass shooting claims multiple victims in western Pennsylvania. Republicans debate tonight in Miami. New version of Opera browser is first to include ad blocker. McDonald’s executives in court today over wage issues. 

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