Top news and notes from across Northern Virginia.

5. Voters request absentee ballots in record numbers

More than 790,000 Virginia voters have already requested mail-in ballots for the 2020 election, nearly triple the number who voted absentee by mail four years ago, Gov. Ralph Northam said Tuesday. 

4. Postal worker shot in Dale City

Police say a postal worker shot while delivering the mail in a Dale City neighborhood Monday didn't know the gunman. Police are still searching for the shooter, who fled and hasn't been found.

3. Hazy skies

Look for a partly sunny day with a high near 76 degrees. Smoke from wildfires to the West has reached the D.C. area, resulting in muted sunrises, hazy skies and a slight temperature drop. 

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2. Backlog to blame for jump in COVID-19 death reports 

Virginia reported a record 96 deaths related to COVID-19 on Tuesday, shattering the previous one-day high of 57 deaths reported on May 28. The Virginia Department of Health said in a note on the website with Tuesday's report that the unusually large number of deaths reported is due to a data backlog.

1. Fauquier parents demand rapid reopening of school

Frustrated with online classes, parents blasted Fauquier’s school board and administrators for 85 minutes Monday night, FauquierNow reports. The school board in July approved a plan for “hybrid” instruction, with most students in classrooms two days a week. But, on Aug. 10, the board shifted to “virtual” classes two weeks before the fall term’s start.

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Cox Farms opens its annual fall festival on Sept. 25, but things will look a bit different. The Centreville farm is offering a self-driven “hayride” and drive-through market. The festival runs through Nov. 2. See coxfarms.com/fall-festival for details.

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