Erika Aguilar Orange County Reporter

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Erika Aguilar covers Orange County for KPCC. Prior to that she was the station's crime, courts and public safety reporter.

Erika joined KPCC in 2012 after four years reporting on environmental issues for public radio station KUT in Austin, Texas, where she earned recognition for her work covering the 2009 shootings at the Fort Hood Army post in Killeen, the 2011 Texas wildfires and the state’s ongoing drought. Some of her reporting has been featured on NPR and American Public Media’s "Marketplace."

Before joining KUT, Aguilar worked in TV news as an assignment editor and assistant producer for the CBS affiliate in Austin. She’s a journalism and history graduate of Texas State University.

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Stories by Erika Aguilar

How do you recover from illness or injury without a home?

Homeless who are sick or injured have nowhere to go when they're discharged from the hospital. Recuperative care centers could put an end to that.

Who will stop the shot hole borer beetle?

Orange County is doubling its efforts to stop the invasive pest, but officials say the state must get more involved before the beetle spreads to the Central Valley.

California could lift legal deadlines on rape charges

Supporting a state bill that would end the statute of limitations for prosecuting rape and other sex crimes, five of Bill Cosby's accusers will testify Tuesday in Sacramento.

Santa Ana officers in pot shop raid to be arraigned

Although the charges against three Santa Ana police officers involved in a marijuana dispensary raid are minor, they could be used to terminate them later.

Legal fight over the 405 expansion in OC moves to San Diego

At least one lawsuit over plans to widen the 405 freeway in Orange County has been moved to a neutral county, San Diego.

What OC can offer Republican candidates

Orange County has nearly two dozen delegates and cash, but underdogs like Sen. Ted Cruz will have to look beyond Republican strongholds.

OC thinks deregulation may help taxis compete with rideshares

Orange County is looking into deregulating the taxi industry in order to make them more competitive with rides-haring companies like Uber and Lyft.

How one mosque is moving past the San Bernardino shooting

The Islamic Center of Riverside was thrust into the spotlight after the San Bernardino shooting. Now it's hoping to teach people about what Muslim faith really is.

Update: 3 stabbed at KKK gathering in Anaheim

Police say Klan members had just arrived to a park when they were confronted by counter-protesters. During the brawl, two Klansmen were stomped.

Economy a key presidential issue for those with low wages

On this President's Day, sign spinners give their two cents on the presidential election and what their top issues are.

5 changes for Anaheim now that district elections are coming

It's been a long road but Anaheim has settled on a new six-district voting map that will be used in November. Here are some simple but immediate things that'll change between now and November.

What went wrong in the OC jail escape

Key questions remain about what went wrong that led to three inmates escaping from an Orange County jail. Meanwhile, sheriff's officials have stopped talking.

OC jail escape: Deputies may have improperly counted inmates

Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said it appears inmate counts done on the day three men escaped from Central Men's jail were not conducted properly.

Jail ESL teacher held for aiding in Orange County escape

The teacher is suspected of providing maps and other tools that helped three inmates with their escape. She is suspected of having "some type of relationship" with one of them.

5 arrests made as deputies hunt 3 inmates who escaped OC jail

Orange County Sheriff Hutchens said the department expects to make additional arrests on Thursday.