NM customer information hacked from Nationwide Insurance

State officials are warning customers of Nationwide Insurance that their personal information may have been compromised by a computer hacking incident.
 Insurance officials say the accounts of more than 8,000 New Mexico customers were compromised in the breach.
 In a letter to Superintendent of Insurance John G. Franchini, Nationwide says the company's initial investigation has turned up stolen social security numbers, driver's license numbers and dates of birth, although there is no evidence of any misuse so far.
The company is offering free credit monitoring and identity theft services through Equifax as a precaution. 


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Leg. audit says state education colleges need higher standards
Jicarilla Apache tribe changes power suppliers
House reps. push for uranium mine cleanup
Biomass project in the works at HAFB

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House reps. push for uranium mine cleanup
Robert Redford creates Santa Fe scholarship
Hobbs couple wins $2 million Powerball prize
NM gets education funds after second attempt

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Auditors say state education colleges need higher standards

Legislative auditors say New Mexico's colleges of education should toughen their admission standards to provide more qualified teachers and potentially improve student performance.

 A Legislative Finance Committee audit on Wednesday said none of the colleges with teacher preparation programs require minimum ACT scores by students for admission. Auditors recommended the Public Education Department increase the passing scores on competency tests required for a teaching license. 
The audit report said education colleges "continue to attract and admit academically average candidates" despite a teacher licensing system linked to minimum salaries.


Robert Redford works with Santa Fe school scholarship program

Robert Redford
Oscar winner Robert Redford is teaming up with a Santa Fe school on a scholarship program for artists and filmmakers. 

The program will be funded by the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Redford will help pick award recipients of the Robert Redford/Milagro Initiative Scholarship Program. The chairman of the university's film school, Chris Eyre, says Redford had mentored him when he was in film school in New York.
 Indigenous people can apply for the Unique Voice scholarship that covers the $35,000 yearly tuition, room and board. The Emerging Artist scholarship is open to full-time students and covers between $7,000 and $15,000. Redford says he's honored to work with the school.


Hobbs couple claims $2 million Powerball prize

New Mexico Lottery officials say a couple from Hobbs has claimed a $2 million prize from a recent Powerball game. 
Joe and Lisa Woodruff say they didn't know their winning ticket was worth that much until they arrived Thursday at lottery headquarters in Albuquerque. Their ticket for the Powerball's Nov. 28 drawing matched five numbers to win $1 million. 
The prize doubled because the Woodruffs added a $1 Power Play feature to their ticket. Power Play multiplies non-jackpot prizes.
 Until now, the Woodruffs say the most they had ever won in the lottery was $7. The couple used family birthdates and anniversaries as the numbers for their ticket. 


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Real ID Act has New Mexicans rushing for passports
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NM gets Race to the Top funds

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NM gets education funding after second attempt

Five states are being awarded a share of $133 million in federal grants for early childhood learning. 

New Mexico, Colorado, Illinois, Oregon and Wisconsin will each get between $20 million and $34 million in four-year grants. It's part of President Barack Obama's Race to the Top program, funded by the Education and Health and Human Services Departments. 
The five states were runners-up last year when $500 million was awarded to nine other states in the program's first year. They were invited to reapply this year, although less money was at stake.


New Mexicans rush to get passports as Real ID Act approaches

Scores of New Mexicans are in a race against time to get a passport before the federal Real ID Act goes into effect on January 15th, 2013.

Starting that day, New Mexicans will not be allowed to use a driver's license as identification to get through airport security or enter a federal building. 
The date the Real ID Act goes into effect has been pushed back many times, but there's no sign the Department of Homeland Security will back down this time, it has been a mad rush for residents to get their hands on a passport. 
Essentially, the act states, federal agencies cannot accept state-issued driver's licenses or ID cards if the state does not meet minimum security standards, which include, "evidence that the applicant is a U.S. Citizen." Since proof of citizenship is not required to get a license in New Mexico, the state does not meet that standard.