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Taichung has received the nod from the central government for the construction of a cable car system running through central city's scenic mountain areas, officials said yesterday.
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The Taichung District Prosecutors Office yesterday indicted former Taiwan Water Co. (TWC, 台水) Chairman Hsu Hsiang-kun (徐享崑) on charges of corruption for unlawfully authorizing time extensions to a construction company on a contract project in exchange for NT$5 million in bribes.
 
A police officer and a robbery suspect were shot during a nighttime arrest in Taichung, yesterday.
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A Taichung police officer was sentenced Wednesday to three months in prison, suspended for two years, for publishing offensive posts on his Facebook page that included cursing activists taking part in a massive protest rally between March and April against Taiwan's trade-in-services agreement with China.
 
Arrests made in billionaire murder case
Police yesterday arrested two suspects surnamed Lin and Cheng in Pingtung and Yulin who allegedly kidnapped and killed billionaire Shih Chia-chin (施家金).
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President Ma Ying-jeou touted the new bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Taichung Sunday, describing it as being designed by professionals to attract people to use mass transport tools.
 
The Taiwan Area National Expressway Engineering Bureau (TANEEB) under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced yesterday that construction on the new section between Fengyuan and Tanzi of National Highway No. 4 is expected to begin next year and will complete the last section of the highway network in the Greater Taichung City area after opening to the public in 2021.
 
Taichung City's Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system opened its Blue Line yesterday, allowing passengers to board at the line's 20 bus stops for free for one year.
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The Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) Taichung mayor nominee Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) released his first campaign video yesterday, saying that he wants to integrate Taichung's volunteer resources and build a volunteer database.
 
Taichung police arrested seven suspects yesterday for their alleged involvement in selling narcotics to students. A total of 700 grams of amphetamines was found during the raid.
 
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