The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 4.29.2016

Protesters disrupt traffic outside Trump event in California; Brands try for the spotlight at the NFL Draft; Volkswagen CEO apologizes to Obama; Clinton sends 'woman cards' to her supporters; Emergency approval granted for first commercial Zika test.

Protesters gather outside Trump event in California
As the political world turns its eyes to California ahead of its June 7 primary, protesters blocked traffic outside of a Donald Trump rally in Orange County on Thursday night. Mainstream Republicans and the GOP elite are finally resigning themselves to Trump as the party’s standard bearer, according to The Washington Post.

Brands take part of the spotlight during NFL Draft
Quarterbacks were the first two picks in Thursday night’s NFL Draft. Jared Goff mentioned at least five brands on Twitter in the hours before and after he was taken with the first pick by the Los Angles Rams.

Volkswagen CEO apologizes to Obama
Matthias Mueller, chief executive of Volkswagen, has personally apologized to President Barack Obama in what experts see as a plea for leniency from the federal government. The automaker has set aside nearly $8 billion for costs related to its emissions cheating scandal.

Clinton supporters get their own woman cards
After Donald Trump said Hillary Clinton was "playing her woman card" — playing up her gender to get votes — Clinton’s team responded by mailing pink and yellow cards to supporters. "Congratulations, you’re in the majority" and "deal me in," the card reads.

Emergency approval granted for first Zika test
The Food and Drug Administration granted emergency approval to the first commercial test to diagnose the Zika virus. Quest Diagnostics has produced the test. Government health authorities are facing a steep learning curve as they inform the public about Zika. 

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