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DENVER (AP) - The Trump administration has proposed ending automatic protections for threatened animal and plant species and limiting habitat safeguards that are meant to shield recovering species from harm. Administration officials said Thursday the new rules would advance conservation by simplifying and improving how the landmark Endangered Species Act is used. Wildlife advocates and Democrats said such moves would speed extinctions in the name of furthering the administration's anti-environment agenda.

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A 26-year-old Missoula man has pleaded not guilty to negligent homicide in a fatal hit-and-run. Daniel Joseph Grady is charged in the June 17 death of 22-year-old Rebecca Romero. Grady has been jailed with his bail set at $100,000 since his arrest hours after Romero's body was found in the road.

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A state judge has issued a $500,000 warrant for the arrest of a 45-year-old probationer who is believed to have left the state with a woman who may be in danger. Marco Antonio Guzman failed to appear in District Court in Missoula on Wednesday for hearings in three felony cases. District Judge Leslie Halligan issued the arrest warrant and the U.S. Marshal's Service issued an alert saying Guzman may be with Sandra Carris, who was not considered a 'willing participant' in the travel.

DENVER (AP) - The Trump administration says it may pick a new Western headquarters for the nation's largest land management agency in the next six to eight months. Susan Combs, a senior adviser to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, told a Senate committee Thursday that Zinke is committed to moving the Bureau of Land Management headquarters from Washington to the West. The bureau is part of Zinke's department. Combs offered no hints about where the new headquarters will be.

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