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The Arizona Department of Health Services is urging people to take precautions against the Zika virus, particularly while traveling. The virus is active in more than 60 countries, including the United States. There have been 57 travel-associated cases of Zika in Arizona, according to the agency. None have been acquired in the state where, however, West Nile Virus is common.
Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone, in office since January, oversees more than 3,500 sworn officers and civilian employees, and a $350 million budget—70 percent of which is for detention. Earlier this month, he spoke to more than 100 people at a New River/Desert Hills Community Association town hall in Anthem. The new sheriff is making stark philosophical and procedural shifts since taking over for Joe Arpaio, who reigned for 24 years.
Sales of existing homes surged locally and nationally, and prices continued to climb, according to two new reports. In the US, home sales for March were the highest in more than 10 years. Sales of existing homes in NoPho jumped from 154 in February to 190 in March, according to the latest monthly analysis by North Phoenix News and In&Out Magazine.
Every year around this time there's chatter on the evening news, in the papers and on social media about when the Valley of the Sun will first hit 100 degrees. As of today, the National Weather Service predicts it could happen Sunday. But Accuweather begs to differ. And either way, it almost surely won't happen in most of North Phoenix, where proximity to the mountains moderates the heat.