New Bern

The Cape Fear river continued to rise due to rainfall Hurricane Florence
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Six months ago Hurricane Florence battered the Carolinas and doused the region for days with heavy rains. The historic storm broke 18 flood records across North Carolina, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Coastal communities remain in recovery mode, with businesses attempting to finish repairs by the next tourist season and residents still trying to navigate complex housing, insurance and unemployment processes.

A picture of John M. Perkins.
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Church and city leaders in New Bern are hosting a  conference to explore racial and economic divisions within the local community.

Pastor Dawn Baldwin Gibson of Peletah Ministries says racial divisions contribute to economic disparity in New Bern.

The event will feature discussions on community development, but there will also be a racial reconciliation service this evening.