News at noon: This St. Pete real estate listing is on fire; US sets up first-ever plan allowing meds from Canada; and more

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Published July 31, 2019

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How hot is the real estate market? This St. Pete listing is on fire.

For less than $100,000, you can own this home in St. Petersburg.

There's just one twist. The photo of the home in the real estate listing shows the house on fire. Yes, the house on the property was "heavily damaged in a fire," the description says.

The city has ordered that the house be demolished.

But, the listing continues in capital letters, the lot is located in a "very popular area."

Florida's first climate change czar is light on relevant experience

Florida's first chief resilience officer, the person in charge of adapting the most vulnerable state in the nation to climate change, has an impressive resume. But it's missing one thing — any obvious experience with climate change or resilience.

The candidate Gov. Ron Desantis is expected to name as soon as Wednesday, sources tell the Miami Herald, is Julia Nesheiwat.

US sets up first-ever plan allowing meds from Canada

The Trump administration said Wednesday it will set up a system allowing Americans to legally and safely import lower-cost prescription drugs from Canada for the first time, reversing years of opposition from federal health authorities amid a public outcry over high prices for life-sustaining medications.

The move is a step toward fulfilling a 2016 campaign promise by President Donald Trump, and it weakens an import ban that stood as a symbol of the political clout of the pharmaceutical industry. It's unclear how soon consumers will see benefits, as the plan has to go through time-consuming regulatory approval and later could face court challenges from drugmakers.

Teammate's absence weighs heavily on hearts, minds of Seminole players

Sophie Delott stood in front of her Seminole High teammates at last year's summer camp to explain why she played football. Delott said the sport gave her a purpose. The team made her feel at home.

"That was the moment Sophie really ingrained herself to the guys," Warhawks coach Chris Miller said. "She was no longer the girl who joined the football team. She became part of the brotherhood."

Seminole recently returned to Stetson University for its annual bonding session. Players again took turns saying what drives them to play.

But Delott's absence was conspicuous.

Delott, 17, was struck and killed by an impaired driver last month while biking home from work on the Indian Rocks Causeway Bridge. Read more.

Tampa still a good place to flip a house, new study says

Despite rising prices, Tampa is still one of the best U.S. cities in which to flip a house.

That's according to the personal finance website WalletHub, which compared 172 cities in terms of purchase price, gross return on investment, renovation costs and other criteria. Tampa came in sixth, the only Florida city to make the top 10.

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