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NORRIS, Mont. (AP) - Investigators say two workers were exposed to dangerous chemicals at a mining lab that was shut down by federal regulators and that forced the evacuation of a small southwestern Montana town. The Montana Standard in Butte reports one of the workers at Norris Labs tested positive for elevated levels of lead. About 20 homes and businesses in the town of Norris were evacuated Tuesday while chemicals were removed from the lab and destroyed. The lab performed assay tests for the mining industry.

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.

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - The Yellowstone National Park superintendent who said he was being forced out by the Trump administration will leave his post in late September. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports the park announced Thursday that Dan Wenk, who has been superintendent since 2011, will retire from the National Park Service on September 29. Wenk's departure ends his 43-year career with the park service.

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - A Whitefish man accused of stabbing to death his 65-year-old father last week has pleaded not guilty. The Flathead Beacon reports 26-year-old Tanner Hosek appeared in court Thursday in Flathead County, entering the not guilty plea to a charge of deliberate homicide. According to court documents, Flathead County deputies found Eric Kevin Hosek dead from multiple stab wounds after responding to call of two men fighting.

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