"I'd rather take the chance and be here, maybe get out and help other people around here," he said. "People in their neighborhood are pretty good darn good here."
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"You've got two floods of a century in less than two decades," said BJ Murphy, the city's mayor. "But I have a tremendous amount of faith in our entrepreneurs and capitalism and humanity to know Kinston will get back on its feet."
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