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Thomas Walsh

The Monumental Task Committee, a volunteer organization that looks after New Orleans monuments, is hosting a public forum on Tuesday, August 25, 2015. The goal is to discuss the fate of four Confederate-themed statues.

The debate on whether New Orleans should continue hosting depictions of General Robert E. Lee and other Civil War Confederate heroes started in June, after the racially charged shooting of eight black parishioners at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. That state decided to stop flying the Confederate flag at the state capital. And soon after Mayor Landrieu opened a dialogue on his city’s use of Confederate symbols, namely a series of statues.

New Orleans City Hall will close at 4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 30, in advance of the evening Saints game in the Superdome.

The city says the early closing time is due to an expected increase in traffic that will impact and limit access to city hall for residents. City hall is scheduled to resume normal business hours on Tuesday, Oct. 1.

The Monday Night Football game against the Miami Dolphins (3-0) is scheduled to kick off at 7:40 p.m.

The New Orleans mayor's office says a ribbon cutting will be held later this month to mark the consolidation of several city offices into what it calls a "One Stop Shop" for securing permits and licenses.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office said Thursday that the offices involved are completing their moves to the City Hall One Stop Shop this week.

Those include the City Planning Commission, Historic Districts Landmarks Commission, the Safety & Permits office, and the Vieux Carré Commission, which governs development in the historic French Quarter.