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Jul 17, 2012 - The Associated Press

Guard medical unit may be spared

CHEYENNE -- Wyoming would get to keep an Air National Guard medical unit under the latest military budget proposal being considered by Congress.

In March, the Pentagon proposed cutting the Guard's 187th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron as part of an overall plan to cut 5,500 personnel nationwide. However, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported Tuesday that the plan met resistance from Guard leaders and governors, including Gov. Matt Mead.

The Pentagon and state leaders failed to reach a compromise and the latest defense appropriations bill doesn't include the National Guard cuts. If the cuts aren't incorporated into the bill this year, the issue will likely come up again next year.

The Wyoming Guard unit has 72 members. Its mission is to airlift wounded, injured and ill people.

Official hurt in motorcycle wreck

JACKSON -- A Jackson real estate broker and planning commission member has been hospitalized following a motorcycle accident.

Michael Pruett was flown to the University of Utah Hospital to be treated for a significant head injury after Sunday's crash. The Jackson Hole Daily reported that the 45-year-old was in critical condition Monday afternoon.

Police said a 29-year-old driver failed to yield the right of way and turned in front of Pruett.

The driver was tested and authorities don't believe alcohol played a role in the crash.

Pruett has served on Jackson's planning commission for six years and ran unsuccessfully for town council in 2010. He works for Jackson Hole Real Estate Associates.

Six boaters face charges

CASPER -- Wardens from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department have arrested six people recently on charges of boating while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The department says wardens arrested the six between June 30 and July 8. Four people were arrested on Alcova Reservoir and one the North Platte River. A person was arrested at Glendo Reservoir on a charge of operating a boat while under the influence of illegal drugs.

Carol Havlik is boating law administrator with the game department.

Woman fired by hospital reaches deal

CASPER -- A woman who said she was fired from her job at a Casper hospital because she told federal authorities about possible billing fraud there has reached a settlement.

Court documents filed Friday indicate Gale Bryden has reached a settlement in principle with the Wyoming Medical Center. Terms of the agreement were not mentioned in the filing.

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