Breakfast Briefing: The 6 stories PR pros need to know on Tuesday morning, 6.28.2016

Feds reach $15b settlement with Volkswagen; Trump campaign brings on former Cruz communications aide; NFL to announce partnership to prevent sexual violence; Benghazi report due out today; Ikea recalls 29m dressers; Takata CEO finally offers to resign.

Volkswagen is set to announce a $15 billion settlement with authorities and customers on Tuesday. (Image via the company's Facebook page).
Volkswagen is set to announce a $15 billion settlement with authorities and customers on Tuesday. (Image via the company's Facebook page).

Volkswagen’s deal with a half-million diesel car owners and the U.S. government is expected to be announced on Tuesday, and it’s set to be much more expensive for the automaker than previously reported. The settlement will cost Volkswagen $15 billion, $10 billion of which will go to offering buybacks to customers affected by the "defeat device" scandal. The remaining $5 billion will be set aside to offset excess diesel emissions and improve low-emissions vehicles. The company has also reportedly agreed to a separate settlement with state attorneys general costing it $500 million.

The Trump campaign has hired former Ted Cruz staffer Jason Miller as its top communications aide in its latest step to professionalize as the general election gets underway. Miller will oversee the campaign’s relationship with the news media, previously handled solely by press secretary Hope Hicks. Miller quickly deleted a series of "#SleazyDonald" tweets he made when working for Cruz.

The NFL is set to announce $10 million in funding on Tuesday for a coalition of groups that work to prevent sexual violence. The league, widely criticized for its handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence incident in 2014, will donate the money over five years to Raliance, a partnership that includes the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence.

The Republican-controlled House Select Committee on Benghazi will release its two-years-in-the-making report on the September 2011 attack on the U.S. consulate in the Libyan city on Tuesday. It will say then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other U.S. officials should have expected an attack on the compound. House Democrats released their own 339-page report on Monday saying the GOP investigation is a political witch-hunt.

Ikea is recalling 29 million dressers and chests after six children were killed by the furniture toppling onto them, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The deaths date back to 1989 but are as recent as this February, the agency said. The retailer is offering a refund or repair kit to customers of affected dressers.

Takata CEO Shigehisa Takada offered to resign on Tuesday morning as soon as the company can find a new leadership team. More than 60 million U.S. cars have been recalled due to defective airbags made by Takata in the past two years, as well as tens of millions overseas. The company’s stock was up 10% on the news. 

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