President Trump anticipates a ‘very big’ successful meeting with North Korea — but adds ‘if it isn’t, it isn’t.’ The Mormon church ends its partnership with the Boy Scouts of America. Interior Department warns of ‘significant’ blazes in Utah this summer.
Happy Friday. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will sit down together in Singapore on June 12. The highly anticipated summit will be the first of its kind between the sitting leaders of the two countries. And while Trump is ready to cut a deal on denuclearization, he’s adopted a fairly easygoing attitude. “I think it’s going to be a very big success,” he said Thursday. “But my attitude is: And if it isn’t, it isn’t. OK? If it isn’t, it isn’t.” [Politico]
Topping the news: The Mormon church is ending its participation in the Boy Scouts of America program and starting its own version, undoubtedly impacting youth culture in the state. [Trib]
-> Robert Gehrke writes that the breakup between the LDS Church and the Scouts reflects years of tensions between the two institutions and may have been the best choice for both of them. [Trib]
-> Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed an agreement that would allow the U.S. Forest Service to use unmanned aerial technology to help extinguish forest fires. Utah is projected to be particularly susceptible to “significant” blazes this summer. [Trib]
Tweet of the day: From @StephenAtHome: “Feels like we haven’t heard from Jared Kushner in a while. Are we sure a large bird didn’t grab him?”
Happy Birthday: To state Rep. Sandra Hollins. And on Sunday to Adam Snow, Southern Utah director for Rep. Chris Stewart.
Behind the Headlines: Tribune reporters Emma Penrod and Brian Maffly, as well as columnist Robert Gehrke, join KCPW’s Roger McDonough to talk about the week’s top stories, including the impact of invasive species on Utah’s ecosystem and the LDS Church parting ways with the Boy Scouts of America. Each Friday morning at 9 a.m. stream “Behind the Headlines” online at kcpw.org or tune in to KCPW 88.3 FM or Utah Public Radio for the broadcast.
In other news: A gallup poll found that the number of uninsured Utahns increased for the first time in four years. [Trib]
-> Transit District of Utah, formally known as UTA, has seen a 4.3 percent decrease in ridership so far this year — and blames that on the “shifting distribution of the homeless.” [Trib]
-> Rocky Mountain Power customers will receive credits that are expected to drop the average user’s total bill by $32 a year. [Trib]
-> Kyco Services, a Spanish Fork-based drywall company, was ordered to pay $550,000 to 267 employees when it was discovered the company did not pay employees overtime wages. [Fox13]
-> The Utah Department of Health will hold two public hearings to discuss the expansion of and changes to the state’s Medicaid program. [Trib]
-> Utah police officers who attended the Crisis Intervention Team Academy on Thursday received training on how to be more empathetic when responding to mental health crises. [Trib]
-> Pat Bagley looks at where the money saved from middle-class tax cuts will go. [Trib]
Nationally: President Donald Trump greeted three American prisoners that were recently freed from North Korea when they arrived Thursday in the United States. [NYTimes]
-> The release of more than 3,500 Facebook ads backed or promoted by a Russian internet agency show the country’s attempts to influence politics and social life in the United States. [WaPost]
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—Courtney Tanner and Connor Richards