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   The New Orleans City Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the hot topic of short-term rentals next week — and, yes, there will be public comment. The meeting is Sept. 29 at 5 p.m. in the City Council Chamber ...

   Sound advice: The New Orleans Health Department last week launched a new initiative called Sound Check, which it characterized as an educational program "to protect people's health in potentially dangerous sound conditions." The City Council has been trying to update the city's antiquated noise ordinance since 2013, with little progress ...

   New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board (S&WB) head Cedric Grant was called before the New Orleans City Council in July to explain the S&WB's poor communication with the public in that month's boil-water advisory, which was issued seven hours late. When the most recent boil-water advisory was issued on the evening of Sept. 23, the city promptly sent messages urging people to call the Sewerage & Water Board at 52-WATER for more information — but calling resulted in nothing but a message saying the office was closed. The S&WB eventually began updating the recording with recorded progress reports. Progress, of a sort ...

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