It's a busy morning for news in South Florida. Make sure you catch the video in "G" if you're a Blue Collar fan...or even if you're not.
A- Herald: Election fraud in Hialeah.
State prosecutors filed ballot fraud charges on Monday against Sergio “el Tio” Robaina, who was arrested in early August.B- Herald: And the only question that they'll ask the replacement is, "How bad do you hate Castro?"
Prosecutors — who had asked for more time to prepare the case — on Monday charged the 74-year-old Hialeah resident with two felony counts of tampering with ballots. He’s also charged with two counts of violating a new Miami-Dade County ordinance that prohibits individuals from keeping multiple ballots during an election cycle.
Robaina collected dozens of absentee ballots in the weeks before the Aug. 14 elections and handed them to Anamary Pedrosa, an aide at the time to county commissioner Esteban Bovo. Pedrosa, who has not been charged with a crime, dropped off a total of 164 ballots at a post office in Northwest Miami-Dade.
Bracing for embattled U.S. Rep. David Rivera to be indicted or lose his election, Republicans have started lining up potential successors to regain the seat in 2014 if the congressman’s Democrat opponent defeats him in November.C- Herald: Better get them while you can.
Conch will not come off Florida Keys restaurant menus in the near future, but a federal endangered-species study of the mollusk means the days of conch fritters could be numbered.D- Palm Beach Post: South Florida politics.
Through Oct. 26, the National Marine Fisheries Services is collecting comments on its August decision that queen conch merits a status review as an endangered or threatened species.
WildEarth Guardians, an environmental group, petitioned the Fisheries Service in March to consider queen conch (strombus gigas) as a protected species.
BOYNTON BEACH — A Boynton Beach city commissioner sent naked pictures of herself to her lover, eventually prompting a criminal investigation into whether a lobbyist used the photos to blackmail her, according to documents obtained by The Palm Beach Post.E- TC Palm: The richest country in the world.
Due to a recent West Nile virus alert from Indian River County Emergency Management, The Source is in dire need of mosquito repellent.F- South Florida Business Journal: The right idea.
The Source acts like an emergency room, rescuing and restoring, addressing and meeting the needs of Indian River County's most desperate citizens.
They are seeking donations immediately to prevent a West Nile Virus epidemic within the homeless community.
The Source is a Christian community-based outreach ministry for individuals and families who are at-risk. The Source is open six days a week to serve the distressed, needy and desperate.
Broward's Metropolitan Planning Organization has approved $5 million in programs that will help pedestrians and bicyclists.G- NBC Miami: Video, Blue Collar's contribution to Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The Transportation Enhancement funds fit with an urban planning philosophy that encourages going green and supporting mass transit with improved pedestrian walk ways and bikeways. Broward County Transit buses typically have bike racks on the front.
H- WSVN: Whatever is not locked up or tied down.
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Surveillance cameras at a business in Northwest Miami-Dade caught a burglar stealing a $300 pair of headlights from a car.