Thursday's Daily Pulse
What you need to know about Florida today
› South Florida warehouse provides building materials, housewares to nonprofits, churches, schools
It's a unique partnership between business and a Florida nonprofit: retailers provide building materials and housewares to a warehouse that distributes the items free or at cut-rate prices to other nonprofits, churches or schools.
› Sweetbay Supermarket offers eco-friendly flowers
This Mother's Day, shoppers can delight mom and also do something good for the environment and people working on flower farms. Sweetbay Supermarket is selling eco-friendly, sustainably grown flowers at its 72 stores in Florida and online for delivery nationwide.
› Florida Blue painting a new identity
While the rebranding of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida as Florida Blue on signage and the like is nearly complete, public awareness will probably take a few more years to catch up. But company officials think the change is necessary to reflect the changing role it will play in the new health care environment.
› UF not tracking dropped courses, federal audit finds
The University of Florida has changed its grading policies after an audit discovered that some instructors were not tracking students who dropped out of classes after they received financial aid.
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