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TOP STORIES:

NEW MEXICO COMPOUND

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Five residents of a ramshackle desert compound in New Mexico are scheduled for arraignments and detention hearings after being indicted by a federal grand jury on firearms and conspiracy charges. Federal prosecutors say the group was preparing for violent attacks on government, military, educational and financial institutions at the time of their arrests last month. SENT: 400 words. Will be updated after 1 p.m. MST court appearances.

STRAIGHT PARTY VOTING-NEW MEXICO

SANTA FE, N.M. — The New Mexico Supreme Court is considering whether voters should be allowed to select candidates from a particular party in all races by marking a single ballot box. The court was scheduled to hear oral arguments Monday in a request to prohibit straight-party voting on November ballots. Democratic Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver has announced plans to provide a straight-party option for the first time since 2010. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated following oral arguments scheduled for 1:30 p.m. MST.

COLLEGE AFFORDABILITY-ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE

SANTA FE, N.M. — A private liberal arts college with campuses in New Mexico and Maryland announced Wednesday a $17,000 reduction in its annual tuition, while acknowledging that steady price increases in pursuit of prestige had inadvertently driven away many qualified students from families of moderate or modest economic means. By Morgan Lee. SENT: 550 words, photos.

BORDER ARRESTS

SAN DIEGO — A surge in families coming to the U.S. illegally contributed to an increase of illegal crossings from Mexico in August following two months of declines, authorities said Wednesday. The number of family arrivals reached 15,955, a sharp increase from July that Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said was one of the highest on record. Families accounted for more than one-third people who were stopped at the border. By Elliott Spagat. SENT: 550 words.

MEMBER EXCHANGE:

WWII GUNNER-BURIAL

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Before his burial in Santa Fe late last month, Sgt. Alfonso Orlando Duran was one of nearly 73,000 American service members still missing in action from World War II. But he never would have made it home without dozens of people over two continents working tirelessly over the course of more than a decade to find him. By Maddy Hayden, Albuquerque Journal. SENT: 1,480 words, photos.

ALSO:

— NEW MEXICO ATHLETICS — University of New Mexico regents have approved a proposal to seek more money from the Legislature for the school's troubled Athletics Department.

— UTILITY REGULATORS-COMPLAINTS — The state Supreme Court has rejected a move by critics of Public Service Company of New Mexico that alleged two utility regulators had a conflict of interest in hearing a resource plan.

— NUCLEAR SAFETY — Two U.S. senators from New Mexico are trying to thwart efforts to downsize and reorganize an independent safety panel that provides oversight of some of the nation's highest risk nuclear facilities.

— OFFICER KILLED-APPEAL — The New Mexico Supreme Court has heard arguments that a man sentenced to serve life in prison in the 2015 killing of a police officer received an unfair trial.

— NEW MEXICO TRAFFIC DEATHS — New Mexico saw a spike in traffic fatalities in August as a deadly crash involving a passenger bus and a semi-trailer killed nine people

— WINSLOW POLICE SHOOTING — Attorneys for the U.S. Justice Department want a federal judge to drop a lawsuit that faulted the office for not prosecuting an Arizona police officer in a Navajo woman's death.

SPORTS:

BBN-DIAMONDBACKS-ROCKIES

DENVER — The Arizona Diamondbacks send lefty Patrick Corbin to the mound Wednesday night against the NL West-leading Colorado Rockies. He's 6-1 with a 2.33 ERA against the division this season. The Rockies will throw righty Jon Gray (11-7, 4.69), who is 4-0 with a 3.17 ERA since being recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game time is 8:40 p.m. ET.

TV GAMBLING BOOM

LOS ANGELES — As legalized sports gambling rolls across the nation, the people who make sports television are ready to ride the boom with a series of shows explicitly about betting. Fox Sports 1's "Lock It In" began daily production this week as the first of several planned major-platform shows focused on pointspreads, odds and helping their viewers to make better bets. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m. PDT.

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