Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Tuesday

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WEATHER

Heavy rains are forecasted for Tuesday, with a chance they could turn severe with damaging winds and lightning in the afternoon and evening. Temperatures are expected to be between the upper 60s and mid-70s throughout the day.

TRAFFIC

Check our traffic updates for this morning's issues as you plan your commute.

FROM LAST NIGHT

State Democrats back LaFerla write-in bid: The Maryland Democratic Party has endorsed the write-in candidacy of Eastern Shore physician John LaFerla in the 1st Congressional District. LaFerla replaces Wendy Rosen, who withdrew amid allegations that she was registered and had voted in two states in 2006 and 2008.

Two wounded in shootings in northern Baltimore: Two separate shootings in northern Baltimore neighborhoods late Monday left two men wounded, according to Baltimore Police.

Orioles pound out win over the Mariners: The upstart Orioles crushed the Seattle Mariners, 10-4, Monday night, amassing 15 hits and chasing starter Hector Noesi with just one out in the second inning.

TODAY'S FRONT PAGE

Occupy Baltimore still at work, activists say: There are no longer tents in McKeldin Square, but one year after the Occupy movement stormed the nation's consciousness, members of the Occupy Baltimore chapter said they are still working for change in local communities.

Gambling interest spent $3.6 million on special session: Casino owners, labor and other interests spent more than $3.6 million to influence lawmakers during last month's special session to expand gambling in Maryland — a figure that comes to about $900,000 a day.

Soccer field accident could remake personal injury law: The collapse of a soccer goal on a Howard County practice field has led the state's highest court to reconsider more than 150 years of personal injury law, in a case that could significantly improve injured plaintiffs' chances of winning payouts.

Post-Labor Day gas costs remain at a rare high: Gas prices typically ease after Labor Day as demand ebbs when the summer travel season ends. This September, unrest in the Middle East and the effects of Hurricane Isaac pushed prices higher.

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