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Hualien commissioner Fu targets debt

By Yang Yi-chung and Jake Chung

Hualien County has been a rising star among the nation’s counties, having been able to repay more than NT$1.2 billion (US$40 million) of its debt and NT$600 million in interest, as well as achieving positive growth in almost all sectors. In a recent interview with theFULL STORY

Tsai Chi-ta outlines plans for ‘Huadong prefecture’

By You Tai-lang and Jake Chung

Although many heavyweights within the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) have shied away from running against independent Hualien County Commissioner Fu Kun-chi (傅崑萁), Tsai Chi-ta (蔡啟塔) undertook the mission, saying he strongly believes that the county’s voters would appreciate his love for the county and standFULL STORY

Next TV union demands investigation into deal

By Shelley Shan

The Next TV Workers’ Union yesterday asked the National Communications Commission (NCC) to immediately investigate whether ERA Communications has fulfilled its promises made when it acquired Next TV last year, adding that ERA Communications should be asked to address its failure to fulfill its promisesFULL STORY

Air force denies report US insisted upon weapons use

By Jason Pan

The Air Force Command Headquarters yesterday denied a media report about a weaponry deliverance issue. The Chinese-language China Times yesterday cited a recent report by the Control Yuan’s National Audit Office as saying that procurements by the Ministry of National Defense of 12 P-3C Orion maritimeFULL STORY

Critics say ETC poll questions designed to favor operator

By Huang Li-hsiang and Jake Chung

Widespread dissatisfaction with customer service for the electronic toll collection (ETC) system was revealed by a Ministry of Transportation and Communication poll, while 55 percent said they were unhappy with services rendered by the Far Eastern Electronic Toll Collection Co (FETC). The ministry’s National Freeway BureauFULL STORY

Red Cross details donation plan

By Stacy Hsu

The Red Cross Society of the Republic of China (ROC) yesterday released a detailed plan on its management of the more than NT$160 million (US$5.3 million) it has received in donations for people affected by the gas pipeline blasts in Greater Kaohsiung on July 31FULL STORY

FPG gets deadline for water plan

By Sean Lin

By Aug. 31 next year, Formosa Plastics Group (FPG) must complete and try out its alternative water source project for its Mailiao Township naphtha cracker, the Environmental Protection Administration’s environmental impact assessment committee decided yesterday. The project aims to recycle 100,000 tonnes of agricultural tailwaterFULL STORY

Gas techs out on bail in fatal blast

Three gas company workers were released on bail yesterday after being questioned over the Aug. 15 gas explosion in New Taipei City’s Sindian District (新店) that killed two people and injured more than a dozen others. The Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office summoned the three ShinFULL STORY

Kai Ko reportedly seeks rehabilitation in a Taipei hospital

By Chen Wei-tzu, Chien Li-chung and Jason Pan

Actor Kai Ko (柯震東) was questioned by the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office yesterday morning over his reported use of marijuana in China last month. Ko’s lawyers asked prosecutors for deferred prosecution in exchange for Ko’s entering a drug rehabilitation program at his own expense atFULL STORY

Dementia epidemic threatens despite treatments: doctors

By Stacy Hsu

People who have a high risk of carotid stenosis and who have been experiencing dizziness and mild cognitive impairment should seek immediate medical attention, as they might be developing vascular dementia, the second-most common type of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease, several vascular neurologists said yesterday.FULL STORY

Researchers link bullying impact

By Stacy Hsu

School bullying is thought to increase an individual’s tendency to be in a negative emotional state, fall into substance abuse or even commit suicide later in life, but such painful experiences could be prevented via analysis of each student’s “social network position” in the classroomFULL STORY

Pingtung farmer finds success with jasmine

By Chen Yan-ting

Jasmine, despite being known for its fragrance, has been considered something of an underachiever in terms of its flower market sales. However, the plant is making a comeback thanks to a Pingtung County flower farmer who introduced the plant to the area 20 years ago. TsaiFULL STORY

‘Stray Dogs’ being shown at MoNTUE through Nov. 9

After a short run at commercial theaters earlier this year, Stray Dogs (郊遊) is again taking to the big screen — this time, true to its arthouse roots, in a museum. The award-winning film about a homeless single father on the streets of Taipei strugglingFULL STORY

Taiwan News Quick Take

SOCIETY Downed tree lives on A Taitung County farmer has propagated three saplings from the “Takeshi Kaneshiro tree” in Chihshang Township (池上), which was uprooted by Typhoon Matmo in late July. The 7m tree became a local landmark after an EVA Airways Corp commercial last year thatFULL STORY

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