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February, 21, 2017

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WRA warns of water shortage in Taoyuan, parts of New Taipei
The Water Resources Agency (WRA) warned Friday of water shortages in Taoyuan and parts of New Taipei, as the water level in the Shimen Reservoir has continued to drop in recent months due to scant rainfall.
 
Heightened risk for Taitung
Two workers repair the roof of a house in this file photo taken in Taitung.
 
Up in smoke
Thick smoke billows from a fire-gutted warehouse in Taoyuan's Xinwu district, in this photo provided by the city's fire department Wednesday, Feb. 1.
 
Taipei offers schools subsides for adopting stray dogs, cats
Taipei has allocated a budget to subsidize schools in the city that adopt stray dogs or cats, as part of an animal protection program, according to a city government official.
 
Taiwan Lantern Festival promoting local tours
The 2017 Taiwan Lantern Festival in Yunlin will include local tours this month to allow wider exploration of central Taiwan, the organizers said Wednesday.
 
Bag of scratch tickets that cost NT$300,000 stolen, recovered in a day
A bag of scratch-off lottery tickets amounting to NT$300,000 was returned to a 67-year-old man on Thursday after police captured the thief.
 
Shopping scramble
Crowds swarm a booth at Taipei's Nanmen Market as they make last-minute purchases of Lunar New Year items on Thursday, Jan. 26, the day before Lunar New Year's Eve. Nanmen Market is a popular place for locals to buy ingredients for reunion meals during the holiday.
 
But which came first?
No2Good, the designer for Taipei Lantern Festival 2017, speaks at a press conference of the main display area on Thursday, Jan. 26, with cardboard figures showing his designs.
 
It's a lantern, too
Yunlin's Beigang Chao-Tian Temple (北港朝天宮) is this year's Taiwan Lantern Festival's main lantern, having been decorated by event organizers with lights and projectors.
 
Police arrested a suspect in Taichung earlier this month on charges of manufacturing a large number of NT$50 coins in a clandestine factory, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB, 刑事局) announced.
 
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