On PR Newswire: Report on Trump’s America, Jay-Z’s 4:44 Album, Toyota’s New Texas Headquarters

With thousands of press releases published each week, it can be difficult to keep up with everything on PR Newswire for Journalists. Here are some of this week’s most newsworthy releases you might have missed.

The Economist July 1 Cover

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The Economist: In Trump’s America it May Be a Long Wait for Politics to Return to Normal

Observers of Donald Trump’s presidency who hope that American politics will eventually return to normal may face a long wait, according to a new special report from The Economist. Entitled “Trump’s America” and appearing in the July 1 issue of The Economist and online June 29 at www.economist.com/trumpsamerica, the report examines the complexities that shape the voting habits of the American electorate and the forces, both political and cultural, that brought Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency.

Bankrate to Be Acquired by Red Ventures for $14 per Share

Bankrate, an online publisher, aggregator, and distributor of personal finance content, announced on July 3 that it has entered a definitive agreement to be acquired by Red Ventures, a digital consumer choice platform, in an all-cash transaction that values Bankrate at an enterprise value of approximately $1.4 billion. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Bankrate shareholders will receive $14 per share in cash, which represents a premium of approximately 31% over Bankrate’s three-month average closing share price. The merger agreement has been unanimously approved by Bankrate’s board of directors.


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Toyota Opens Billion-Dollar, State-of-the-Art North American Headquarters in Texas

Toyota Motor North America Inc. is celebrating the official opening of its new North American headquarters on July 6 in Plano, Texas with a gala event to be attended by hundreds of dignitaries, partners and community leaders who will get the first glimpse of Toyota’s new corporate campus that reaffirms the company’s longstanding commitment to the U.S. “With team members from four different companies together in one campus location, we believe this will inspire greater collaboration, innovation, and faster decision making as we turn to and lead the future of mobility, all with an eye on our customers,” said Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota in North America.

The American Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage. Blood and platelet donations are urgently needed now to help save lives this summer.

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Emergency need for blood donations as Red Cross experiences critical blood shortage

The American Red Cross is facing a blood shortage and this week issued an emergency call for eligible individuals to donate blood or platelets as soon as possible. Blood and platelet donations are being sent to hospitals faster than donations are coming in. In fact, donations have fallen short of expectations for the past two months, resulting in about 61,000 fewer donations than what is needed. “The decline in summer donations is causing a significant draw-down of our overall blood supply, and we urgently need people to give now to restock hospital shelves and help save lives,” said Shaun Gilmore, president, Red Cross Biomedical Services.

Jay-Z | 4:44 Album and Visual Available Now Exclusively for Sprint/Tidal Customers

Global music and entertainment platform TIDAL and Sprint are excited to share Jay-Z’s 4:44 and first visual are now available to the 45 million postpaid and prepaid Sprint/TIDAL customers. In addition, Roc Nation, iHeartMedia and Jay-Z have teamed up to world premiere an exclusive one-of-a-kind historic radio launch of Jay-Z’s album, 4:44.  Beginning at 12:01 a.m. EDT June 30, iHeartMedia, in conjunction with TIDAL X Sprint, will world premiere the full album with an exclusive 35-minute Album Roadblock to tens of millions of listeners nationwide on more than 160 Pop, Rhythm, and Urban stations with a record-breaking 43 million total audience spins.

New PSAs Reveal the ‘Warning Signs’ of Buzzed Driving in Latest Evolution of Longstanding Anti-Drunk Driving Campaign

Over 10,000 people were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes in 2015 – approximately one person every 51 minutes, according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  Impaired driving remains a persistent problem in the U.S. and to help counter this issue, the Ad Council, NHTSA, and advertising agency Cog NYC announced on June 29 a series of public service advertisements (PSAs) that feature a new creative direction for the ongoing “Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving” campaign.

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Larry Grady is online content manager at PR Newswire for Journalists.  He has worked in business media for nearly 30 years and enjoys reality TV and daydreaming about travel and wine.

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