Laura Hancock

Casper, Wyo.

Laura Hancock



Remembering Connor: State auditor’s family trying to rebuild after son’s suicide

CODY – The front bedroom of the house that’s still under construction was supposed to be Connor’s. It has light gray walls, a modern brass light fixture and space for a closet. The best part of the room is the large picture window that looks out onto the street, the neighbors’ houses and their leafy trees.
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As Liz Cheney explores U.S. House seat, questions linger over past campaign

In 2013, a dispute erupted at the Patrons Ball for the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody. It involved two of Wyoming’s most influential Republican political families: the Cheneys and the Simpsons. Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, was seeking a seat in the U.S. Retired U.S.
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Praying for change: Sioux chief explains why tribes want Devils Tower name change

DEVILS TOWER NATIONAL MONUMENT -- Chief Arvol Looking Horse travels here, to this formation of igneous rock that juts nearly 900 feet into the sky, to pray. He prays for peace and harmony. He prays for people to reverse their mistreatment against Mother Earth. He prays for future generations. But before the spiritual leader of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Great Sioux Nation can focus on prayer, he must first pass through the national monument’s entrance gate, where park rangers welcome him to Devils Tower.
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Unlike other lotteries, WyoLotto says compensation is secret

All states that share a border with Wyoming have a state lottery, except for Utah. The Casper Star-Tribune learned that all of the states run their lotteries as state agencies, different than Wyoming. Wyoming Lottery Corp. was set up as an entrepreneurial enterprise that’s accountable to the Legislature and to the public through a system of audits and reports, according to the 2013 law that created it.
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Two days on the bus: Frugal Hardy scraps together campaign in daunting senate bid

The campaign of Republican U.S. Mike Enzi, R-Wyoming, said it was unable to coordinate a day during which Enzi could be shadowed by a reporter and a photographer. Democratic challenger Charlie Hardy, of Cheyenne, has criticized Wyoming’s senior senator for his heavy fundraising, for receiving corporate donations -- which included $10,000 from Wal-Mart’s PAC -- and for not voting for a minimum wage increase.
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Mike and Marvin, together for 30 years, married Tuesday in Wyoming

The groom wore olive cargo shorts and tennis shoes. The other groom wore a navy golf shirt with a Walt Disney World logo. “We’ve been together for 30 years,” said one of them, 68-year-old Marvin Witt, as he walked into the Natrona County Clerk’s Office for a marriage license. “Let’s get this done.”.
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'We’re all burnt up:' Three men describe the inside of a Wyoming oil field fire

Lesli Harvey heard people screaming. Her husband, Scott Harvey, was talking. She didn’t understand. Lesli’s boss drove her from their accounting firm to the emergency room at Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital. At the admissions desk, she dialed her husband and then their 19-year-old son. She asked the hospital staff if they knew anything about the burn victims at Murphy Dome oil field.
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Promise to a dying wife: Rawlins man fights to change Social Security law

But since the end, Brian has been chasing the federal government for Tina. She asked Brian to fight to change federal law so that terminally ill patients like herself could bypass a five-month waiting rule for Social Security benefits. Yes, because they believed that it was the right thing to do. “It may be too late for me and you but what about all the others out there that are getting blindsided, just like we did?”.
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Laura Hancock

I live in Wyoming and cover politics for the Casper Star-Tribune. I am interested in narrative storytelling and investigative reporting. The Washington Post named me one of the country’s best state capitol reporters. Welcome!