The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 5.12.2016

Brazilian president to step aside amid impeachment trial; Theranos president to step down; Clinton uses the words of other Republicans in early anti-Trump ads; Nissan takes controlling stake in Mitsubishi Motors; Instagram tests business analytics.

The 5 stories PR pros need to know on Thursday morning, 5.12.2016

Brazilian president to step aside 12 weeks before Olympics
The country’s Senate voted to impeach President Dilma Rousseff overnight, meaning she will step aside for as long as 180 days while a trial takes place. Political scandals are one issue keeping Olympic sponsors up at night three months before the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, along with Zika and the country’s shaky economy.

Theranos president to depart
Sunny Balwani, president and COO of embattled healthcare technology company Theranos, is departing amid probes into whether its products live up to their billing. Theranos is also adding three members to its board amid a larger management shakeup.

Clinton hits Trump hard in early ads
The words of other Republican presidential candidates are being used against Donald Trump, as well as images of the billionaire making fun of a disabled reporter, in early ads from Hillary Clinton’s campaign and its allies. Trump will be on Capitol Hill today meeting with top Republican legislators, including Paul Ryan, who declined to endorse him last week.

Nissan takes controlling stake in Mitsubishi Motors
After Mitsubishi Motors acknowledged its cars’ fuel economy standards are not what it said they are, Nissan Motor took a 34% stake in the company this morning. The latest scandal for Mitsubishi eliminated $3 billion from its value, according to Reuters.

Instagram tests business analytics
Fresh off testing new business profiles, Instagram is also kicking the tires on analytics for its business users to let them know more about potential customers. The photo-sharing network also rolled out a new logo on Wednesday to an emotional response from the internet.

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