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The Virginia Department of Education says personal information about more than 103,000 former adult-education students has been lost.

Virginia's Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia Wright says information stored on a flash drive was lost in Richmond on Sept. 21 after department officials gave it to a representative of a Virginia Tech education-research center.

There's no evidence that information has been accessed or misused. But Wright says the department is sending letters to more than 77,000 people whose information is on the drive; the letters advise the former students of how to protect themselves from identity theft.

More than 25,000 others won't be getting letters. Wright says the Department of education was unable to locate addresses for those students.

Jonathan Wilson reports...

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