The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 5.3.2016

Agency Business Report 2016; Indiana goes to the polls; Jury orders Johnson & Johnson to pay $55 million in talc products suit; Aeropostale files for Chapter 11; Airlines post big profits.

Aeropostale could file for Chapter 11 as soon as this week, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Aeropostale could file for Chapter 11 as soon as this week, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Agency Business Report 2016
It’s the most comprehensive report on the state of the PR and communications business around the world in 2016. PRWeek launched its 2016 Agency Business Report on Tuesday morning. Go here for agency profiles, rankings, in-depth features, infographics and data, ebooks, and previous editions of the report.

Happening today: Indiana votes
Polls are open in the Hoosier State, where Donald Trump is expected to trounce Ted Cruz and all but lock up the Republican nomination. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are in a closer race. Clinton apologized on Monday for saying her administration would "put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business." One poll says Ohio residents want John Kasich, their governor, to drop out of the race.

Jury hits J&J with $55 million charge
Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $55 million to a woman who claimed she got ovarian cancer from using the company’s talc-based products. J&J is facing more than 1,000 lawsuits claiming it did not adequately tell customers about the cancer risks of talc products.

Clothing retailer preps for Chapter 11 filing
Aeropostale could file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as soon as this week, according to The Wall Street Journal, and close more than 100 stores. It laid off 13% of its corporate staff earlier this year. Citing the changing retail landscape, fellow clothing retailer Pacific Sun filed for Chapter 11 last month.

Airlines post record profits
In a report sure to raise travelers’ eyebrows, the Transportation Department found U.S. airlines made after-tax profits of nearly $26 billion last year, a record, even amid high customer dissatisfaction. One reason: cheap fuel prices.

What to know on Tuesday:
New York grocery chain Fairway files for Chapter 11. Uber partners with Alipay to entice Chinese customers. Burberry sharpens its brand strategy in the U.S. Josh Earnest defends Larry Wilmore’s use of the n-word at White House Correspondents’ Dinner. 

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