Breakfast Briefing: The 9 stories PR pros need to know on Wednesday morning, 9.14.2016

The NFL is putting another $100 million into concussion safety.

(Image via Cam Newton's Facebook page).
(Image via Cam Newton's Facebook page).

NFL rolls out new safety initiative. The National Football League is putting another $100 million into concussion-safety measures. About $60 million will go towards new technologies, such as safer helmets, with the remaining $40 million donated to medical research, according to The Washington Post. The NFL announced the push amid questions about how officials handled repeated blows to the head against Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton in the first game of the season.

Embattled Wells Fargo CEO to face Congress next week. John Stumpf will appear before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs next Tuesday, where he’ll be grilled about its employees opening millions of unauthorized accounts for customers. Stumpf defended the majority of his bank’s employees in an interview with CNBC on Tuesday.

Trump picks Dr. Oz to release medical paperwork. The Republican nominee will sit with the TV doctor on Wednesday to tape a show that will air tomorrow afternoon. However, Dr. Oz has said he doesn’t intend to ask Trump anything that would embarrass him, or any questions about Hillary Clinton. Update: Trump's campaign told NBC News on Wednesday morning that it won't release physical results or medical records on the show.

Wednesday morning’s campaign news: Newsweek: Trump’s international business dealings could be a national security nightmare; Clinton back on the campaign trail on Thursday; New York attorney general to investigate Trump Foundation fundraising. Sixty-nine-year-old woman punched in the face at North Carolina Trump rally. The Hill: Supporters say Clinton must shake secrecy. Leaked Colin Powell emails reveal disdain for Trump, warnings to Clinton not to rope him into email scandal.

California restricts Orca activity. Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill on Tuesday that will outlaw orca breeding and captivity, as well as killer whale shows. However, as of next June, Orcas in captivity can still be used for educational purposes. SeaWorld said this spring that it will stop using orcas in shows and end its breeding program.

How Newport is marketing to young smokers. The menthol cigarette brand is showing up at music festivals and aggressively distributing coupons to reach smokers in their 20s, according to The Wall Street Journal. Parent company Reynolds has set aside $50 million for coupons and promotions at bars and events, according to its report.

Apple Watch reviews are in. BuzzFeed: New Apple Watch "makes me not hate smartwatches quite as much." Mashable: Watch Series 2 "less silly, more usable." The Verge: Apple watch "now a serious fitness tracker." WSJ: Watch "still not a ‘need;’ might be a ‘want.’"

Instagram’s latest move to stop trolls. Facebook’s photo-sharing social network is making it easier to stop unwanted comments by allowing users to easily block them in settings. Users will be able to quickly block trolls by citing specific words they want to block in comments.

Who’s going where: Longtime leader of CBS Television Distribution comms John Wentworth to retire next March; Tennessee Titans VP of communications Jimmy Stanton steps down; Gregg LaBar named new head of IR at Dix & Eaton. 

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