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Top news and notes from across Northern Virginia.

5. Flash flood watch for region Thursday

Northern Virginia will be under a flash flood watch from 2 p.m. until 2 a.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

“Torrential rainfall may lead to totals exceeding 2 inches in a short period of time,” according to the weather alert. “This may cause flash flooding of small streams and other poor drainage urban areas.”

Search your zip code on our weather page for the latest local forecast.

4. Kline development decision delayed

After hearing from nearly 60 people, the Prince William County Planning Commission voted unanimously on Wednesday to defer a rezoning application for a 92-acre mixed-use development proposal on the Kline property near Prince William Parkway and Liberia Avenue.

Before the planning commission adjourned the meeting at 12:40 a.m., the board deferred a decision on the application until its meeting on October 2.

3. Free Slurpees today

Store crews across the country are getting ready for long lines of thirsty customers looking for free Slurpees.

It’s July 11, and 7-Eleven is celebrating 7/11 with a free small Slurpee for around 9 million customers between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

2. Bears snacking on hikers’ food in Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park officials late Wednesday afternoon warned of another close bear encounter involving food packed in by hikers, this latest incident on the summit of Old Rag Mountain south of Sperryville. It is the second such bear incident in a week’s time involving human food.

1. Driver dies in Lorton wreck

One person was killed Wednesday morning when a car rear-ended a tractor-trailer on Interstate 95 in Lorton. 

A tractor-trailer was stopped on the right southbound shoulder of I-95 when a southbound Toyota Corolla ran off the right side of the highway and into the back of the truck, said state police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.

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