More than 1,000 people have sought care for heat-related illnesses; Spanberger says immigrant detainment facilities are “overstressed”; Northam won’t be in Jamestown when Trump speaks and more headlines

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• More than 1,000 people in Virginia have sought medical help for heat related illness so far this month. – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• State prison officials said they provided extra ice and installed fans in 18 facilities without climate control. Family members of dozens of inmates say that’s not true and that cell temperatures are exceeding 100 degrees, leaving men “sleeping in puddles of their own sweat.” – WRIC

• U.S. Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-7th District, called immigrant detainment facilities in Texas “overstressed” after a tour on Friday. “They were being provided for, but it’s still a giant room filled with women and children. It’s not a normal circumstance, by any stretch of the imagination.” – Richmond Times-Dispatch

• The congregation at an Appomattox church walked out Sunday after the pastor, E.W. Lucas, put up a sign in the front that says, “America: Love it or leave it.” – WSET

• Gov. Ralph Northam said that, despite signing the invite, he won’t be in Jamestown when President Donald Trump speaks, citing a scheduling conflict. – Prince William Times

• A federal appeals court upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit accusing state and local police of facilitating hate crimes by standing down amid street-fighting during a white supremacist protest in Charlottesville. “In general, a defendant’s mere failure to act does not give rise to liability for a due process violation.” – The Daily Progress

• Police officials in Staunton are suing an officer for $4,000 in training costs after she left the force to take a job with the local sheriff’s department instead. – News Leader

• Tribune Publishing named a new executive editor of The Virginian-Pilot and Daily Press. Kris Worrell, 53, started her career as a reporter in the Pilot’s Nags Head bureau. More recently she served as the executive editor of The Press of Atlantic City. – The Virginian-Pilot

• A Republican running for sheriff in Frederick County attacked the incumbent, an independent, for using county resources to procure four military surplus vehicles – a five-ton truck and three Humvees —  calling them an “armada of military equipment vehicles that are not needed and don’t run.” The sheriff retorted that only one of the vehicles doesn’t run. – The Winchester Star

CORRECTION: This post has been updated to correct the name of the pastor of a church in Appomattox that courted controversy with a sign that says “America: Love it or leave it.”

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