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Good morning, Baltimore: Need to know for Wednesday

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mostly cloudy skies and a high temperature near 73 degrees. It is expected to be mostly cloudy tonight with a low temperature around 56 degrees.

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for this morning's issues as you plan your commute.

FROM LAST NIGHT...

: The Baltimore County school board voted Tuesday evening to build an elementary school in Mays Chapel despite angry opposition from neighbors. The 700-seat school is estimated to cost $20 million to $24 million and is expected to open within two to three years.

: Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake would permanently close three fire companies and could shut several recreation centers in an effort to close a $48 million gap in the city's $3 billion operating budget, according to city officials.

: The Baltimore Police Department has decided not to renew a contract with a New York-based nonprofit to provide support to a key training program, with officials saying that the training can continue without paying outside consultants.

: Three people were injured during a fight Tuesday afternoon on a residential street in Garrison, a residential area off Reisterstown Road between Owings Mills and Pikesville, police said.

TODAY'S FRONT PAGE

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: At a time when Roman Catholic bishops are waging political wars against contraception and same-sex marriage, one of the church's most hard-line generals was named Tuesday to head its historically important Baltimore archdiocese.

: The idea has excited those who say the sites have been neglected and allowed to fall into disrepair. But some preservationists are worried about an uncertain future for buildings they hold dear.

: The protracted battle for the Republican presidential nomination is about to thrust Maryland's GOP voters into the unusual position of having a voice in a national political contest even though they live in one of the country's most reliably blue states.

: Millions in Maryland and around the country are braced for the opening of "Hunger Games," the latest young adult book series to become a runaway hit and then a movie and, it's looking like, a cultural phenomenon.

[Compiled by Dean Jones Jr.]

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