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Augusta's Human Relations Commission will stop taking new cases Wednesday as it prepares to shut down Feb. 27, according to a news release.

The commission's doors are being closed because of budgetary constraints.

It no longer will provide assistance involving employment, consumer or housing complaints or investigate or prepare charges of discrimination.

Pending federal cases will be forwarded to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Savannah office at 410 Mall Blvd., Suite G., Savannah, GA 31406-4821.

To file new charges, contact the Atlanta district office at 100 Alabama St., S.W., Suite 4R30, Atlanta, GA 30303.