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Lawsuit mulled over nuclear plant fire

By Sean Lin and Lo Hsin-chen

The Pingtung County Government yesterday said that it is considering filing a lawsuit against Taiwan Power Co (Taipower) over the company’s failure to report an accident on Saturday in which an auxiliary power converter outside a nuclear reactor at the Ma-anshan (馬鞍山) Nuclear Power PlantFULL STORY

Lai refuses to rule out New Taipei City bid

By Tang Tsai-hsin, Hung Jui-chin and Chen Wei-han

Rumors are circulating in Tainan political circles that Tainan Mayor William Lai (賴清德) is considering running for New Taipei City mayor should New Taipei City Mayor and Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Eric Chu (朱立倫) announce a bid for next year’s presidential election, while Lai’sFULL STORY

Review grand justice nominations, KMT urges

By Alison Hsiao

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus yesterday called on all the legislative caucuses to respect the Constitution and immediately initiate the procedure to review President Ma Ying-jeou’s (馬英九) nominations for grand justices. Ma has nominated lawyer Huang Horng-shya (黃虹霞), Deputy Minister of Justice Wu Chen-huan (吳陳鐶),FULL STORY

Taiwan plebiscite required: study

By William Lowther

A study advocating an internationally monitored plebiscite to decide the political future of Taiwan appeared this week on an Oxford University Web site. “Unlike in bygone eras, international law no longer conceives of territories as mere pieces of property to be traded or conquered,” the studyFULL STORY

Defense installations using batteries made in China, DPP legislator claims

By Jason Pan

Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Chen Ting-fei (陳亭妃) yesterday called for an investigation into the manufacturing origin of batteries used in telecommunications networks at the nation’s main military radar and signal tracking stations, as the units are suspected of having come from China. Chen accused the MinistryFULL STORY

Prosecutors to pursue Andrew Wang’s Lafayette funds

Prosecutors said yesterday they would pursue the family of a man accused of reaping hundreds of millions of dollars from a controversial French arms deal more than two decades ago, even after he died this year. Andrew Wang (汪傳浦) was indicted on corruption charges in 2006FULL STORY

Tsai’s ‘status quo’ views ‘interesting,’ US official says

Comments by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on cross-strait issues were “interesting” and “constructive,” and Washington looks forward to hearing more from her, a senior US official said on Monday. US Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Asia Evan MedeirosFULL STORY

Tainan bans tainted tea drinks

By Stacy Hsu

In its second round of tea drink tests this month, the Tainan City Government Department of Health yesterday said it found 6 percent of the beverages to be tainted with pesticide residue. The department tested a total of 45 samples on Thursday last week, it said.FULL STORY

Ex-RCA workers demand support

By Lii Wen

Dozens of former employees of Radio Corp America (RCA) yesterday rallied outside the Executive Yuan compound in Taipei, demanding that the government provide them with labor-insurance compensation for occupational diseases. The protest followed a Taipei District Court ruling on April 17 that found the defunct electronicsFULL STORY

Challenging biking routes get nod from government

By Shelley Shan

Cyclists seeking challenging routes could consider the six recommended by the Directorate-General of Highways. The directorate said that it made the recommendations due to the rapid proliferation of bicycle routes across the nation. Although cyclists sometimes take challenging rides along highways, the agency said thatFULL STORY

Fermented drinks still overloaded with sugar: Tung survey

By Stacy Hsu

While fermented beverages are thought to be conducive to digestion and intestinal health, their purported health benefits could be overwhelmed by their excessively high sugar content, according to a study released by the John Tung Foundation yesterday. The foundation tested 20 lactic acid beverages lastFULL STORY

Journalists propose reporters’ day to boost awareness

By Lii Wen

Several civic groups and journalists yesterday urged the Taipei City Government to designate April 28 “Free Reporters’ Day (自由記者日)” as a reminder for the government to protect the rights of journalists during mass demonstrations. They said that the Taipei City Police Department failed to respect journalists’FULL STORY

Groups accuse EPA of siding with corporations

By Sean Lin

Environmental protection advocates yesterday staged a protest in front of the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) building in Taipei, accusing the agency of colluding with corporations to relax restrictions on controlled chemicals that are harmful to human health. Trees Party chief strategy officer Pan Han-shen (潘翰聲) saidFULL STORY

Four officers indicted over Taoyuan hit-and-run case

By Jason Pan

Prosecutors yesterday filed charges against four law-enforcement officers in Taoyuan who were accused of conspiring to cover up a fatal hit-and-run to protect a fellow officer. At the center of the scandal is Lee Wen-yi (李文億), a 34-year-old officer in Taoyuan’s Dasi District (大溪), who prosecutorsFULL STORY

Magong Airport’s instrument landing system to commence operations in May

By Shelley Shan

A new instrument landing system that was installed in Penghu after a fatal airplane crash in July last year is scheduled to start operations next month. The crash of TransAsia Airways Flight GE222 killed 48 people and injured 10 on board. A preliminary Aviation SafetyFULL STORY

Taipei biogas plant to recycle leftovers

By Ye Kuan-yu and Chen Wei-han

Taipei revealed plans to build its first biogas plant, which is expected to process 200 tonnes of leftovers daily and generate enough electricity to supply 6,000 households, city officials said. Of the 180 tonnes of food waste processed daily in the capital, about 20 tonnesFULL STORY

Air raid and disaster drills held

With the exception of emergency vehicles, traffic came to a standstill from 1:30pm to 2pm yesterday in an annual air raid and civil defense drill that covered all cities and counties in northern Taiwan. The Wan-an No. 38 drill was held in Taipei, New TaipeiFULL STORY

Taiwanese movies garner WorldFest-Houston honors

By Yu Hsueh-lan and Jake Chung

A Taiwanese documentary film commissioned by the Forestry Agency’s Chiayi County branch on the Taiwanese South China Sea river crab recently took the gold Remi Award at the WorldFest-Houston International Film and Video Festival. Directed by Chien Yu-chun (簡毓群), The Story of Nanhai Potomon (台灣南海溪蟹的故事) examinesFULL STORY

Mom, daughter walk for animal welfare

By Tung Chen-kuo and Chen Wei-han

A woman and her daughter have completed a nearly one-month round-the-island trip aimed at raising awareness about animal welfare and promoting what they consider a more humane method for dealing with strays. Yu Chun-hui (余春慧), a 43-year-old animal lover from Nantou County’s Puli Township (埔里), saidFULL STORY

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