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Taichung City Mayor Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) defended his city's deputy mayor and former transportation minister, Lin Ling-san (林陵三), yesterday regarding his impeachment pursuant to the reopened Control Yuan investigation into corruption surrounding the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport MRT line.
 
Starting today, the Taichung Fire Department is changing its policy of "late-night duty" to "sleeping on duty." If the policy receives good feedback, it will be expanded, according to Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung.
 
Senior officials from Taichung, Changhua and Nantou convened in Taichung yesterday for the first time in an inter-party meeting, aiming to discuss safety concerns and promote cross-county collaboration in handling the recent H5 bird flu epidemic. The two magistrates and one mayor also announced a plan for a joint tourism market strategy between the three local governments.
 
Taichung City Mayor Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) stated yesterday morning that after the city's BRT bus system goes through several trial runs conducted by specialists, a poll will be drafted at the end of March to determine if the bus system will remain in place.
 
Many citizens yesterday expressed support for keeping Taichung's much-criticized bus rapid transit (BRT) system during a public forum the city's transport authorities held yesterday.
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Man dies after shoot-out with police at the Taichung Airport
Following a shooting involving the police outside Taichung Airport, the suspect was reported dead after being rushed to the hospital yesterday afternoon.
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Taiwan Tower project suspended over safety, budget
The mayor of Taichung has temporarily pulled the plug on the ambitious Taiwan Tower project in the central city, citing concerns over safety and the ballooning of its NT$8 billion (US$253 million) to NT$15 billion.
 
The new mayor of Taichung said Tuesday that the central city's landmark opera house will not reopen to the public until a formal inauguration in early 2016.
 
Officials from Taichung and neighboring county governments on Friday promoted various package tours to Central Taiwan coinciding with the upcoming Taiwan Lantern Festival, hoping to attract more visitors to the region.
 
Animal welfare group criticizes gov't oversight
Animal welfare activists said yesterday there is a wide discrepancy between the official government census and their own count of Taiwan venues featuring animal shows.
 
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