Emma Sapong, MPR News

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Buffalo, NY, United States

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Past articles by Emma:

'Emergency': Minnesota slow to act as sickle cell cases climb

The painful, often-fatal disorder strikes mainly people of African ancestry, but adults who need treatment in Minnesota have almost no care options. Some advocates see race as the reason, and they're pressing for change. → Read More

25 Twin Cities eateries turn up the heat to raise money to help separated migrant families

Cooking up social activism at Twin Cities restaurants to help reunite separated migrant families on the Arizona border. → Read More

Two men charged in shooting during Como Park festival

The Ramsey County Attorney's Office charged 27-year-old Nougai Xiong of St. Paul with two counts of second-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Jacky Ger Vue. → Read More

Community groups present list of demands to curb deportations to Twin Cities county leaders

Twenty-six organizations, united in an effort to stop deportations in the Twin Cities, presented a list of demands to officials Tuesday. → Read More

Missing girl's family had long history with child protection workers

The Brooklyn Park mother who reported her 11-year-old daughter missing has a long history with child protection workers, which most recently involved the unexplained death of her 8-year-old son. → Read More

Metro Transit works to provide commuters options in wake of construction

Through collaborations, the transit system is offering beefed-up bus service with transit advantages. → Read More

Report: Minnesota teen pregnancy at all-time low as STD rates continue to climb

A new report from the University of Minnesota shows historic lows in teen pregnancy and birth rates in the past 26 years. But the increase in sexually transmitted diseases is up. → Read More

East African workers demand safer working conditions at Amazon's Eagan warehouse

A group of East African workers claim that the Amazon warehouse in Eagan is not conducive to its Muslim workforce. Amazon denied those claims. → Read More

Business incubator aims to put north Minneapolis on the culinary map

A dining campaign that debuted last summer with one food truck lane a few hours a week has expanded and aims to put North Minneapolis on the Twin Cities culinary map. → Read More

Social worker tries auto repair to tackle poverty

What do you do if you're a social worker and pastoral minister trying to help people out of poverty? Learn to fix their cars, of course. → Read More

MPR board member donated to right-wing group that placed anti-Islam ads

Minnesota Public Radio board member and former Best Buy CEO Brad Anderson contributed $25,000 in 2016 to a right-wing anti-Muslim group. Anderson said his discussions with the group's president were primarily about Israel's security. A report by a campaign finance watchdog group first reported the contribution, and one in the same amount by an organization linked to Best Buy Founder Dick Schulze. → Read More

Without funding, MN suicide crisis hotline will close

Minnesota's suicide crisis hotline could be shut down next month unless funding is found. → Read More

Twin Cities 'Love Engineer' hosts conversations on relationships, served with dessert

Alex Merritt's growing business not only provides relationship insights but also fills a gap in the opportunities for Twin Cities professionals of color to socialize. → Read More

She wants to link in people of color, Twin Cities prosperity

"I believe in Minnesota and what it offers," says Sharon Smith-Akinsanya, whose biannual career fair matches thousands of Twin Cities professionals of color with employers. "I wanted to be part of the solution." → Read More

Tech firm's success may open doors for Twin Cities black entrepreneurs

Clarence Bethea raised $1.7 million for his startup. He and others see his success as a roadmap for aspiring entrepreneurs of color who've typically struggled finding investors. → Read More

Local Yemeni-American comedian about to hit the big time

When a local Yemeni-American ventured on to the Twin Cities comedy circuit, it was uncharted and, at times, unwelcoming territory for an Arab-American. Now he's poised for his national cable TV debut tonight, likely a first for a Yemeni-American entertainer. → Read More

St. Paul cops to have opioid overdose antidote on hand

St. Paul police officers are learning how to use Narcan, the opioid overdose antidote. → Read More

Hall's Island facelift brings new water access to north Mpls.

The $6.7 million restoration of a Mississippi River island that disappeared to make room for a lumber company's expansion will begin in November. → Read More

Minnesota commits nearly $350 million to affordable housing

Amid an acute shortage of affordable housing, nearly $350 million in private and public funds will go to building or renovating some 1,800 residential units. → Read More

Entrepreneur brings his economic muscle back to north Minneapolis

Richard Copeland transformed his one-man landscaping business into a multimillion-dollar construction firm. Now, he has a plan to break down some walls in Minnesota, and bring investment and jobs back to his neighborhood. → Read More