Jill Replogle

Orange County Reporter

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Jill Replogle is KPCC's Orange County Reporter.

Jill has worked as a journalist since 2001, reporting from Central America, Mexico, California and the U.S. Southwest. Prior to joining KPCC, Jill was managing editor for the English-language newspaper The Tico Times in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Before that, she was based at KPBS in San Diego, covering the U.S.-Mexico border, immigration and changing demographics for the Fronteras Desk public media collaborative.

Stories by Jill Replogle

Can these brain scans make high school football safer?

The hope is that the scans take the guesswork out of deciding when an injury is serious, and when the brain is healed after suffering a concussion.

Why one Orange County high school is scanning football players brains

Football players at JSerra Catholic High School in San Juan Capistrano have had their brains scanned to establish baseline brain health. Later, a player takes a blow to the head, trainers can test him again.

California legislature passes 12 year ban on soda taxes

Drinkmakers successfully lobbied for a 12 year ban on soda taxes in California, in return for dropping an anti-tax ballot initiative.

Irvine says it's pulling out of regional fire service

The city has long complained about paying more than its fair share for fire and emergency services. The OC Fire Authority says it hopes to convince them to stay.

Is USC driving up rents in Boyle Heights?

Residents of Boyle Heights say expansion plans at the adjacent USC Health Sciences Campus are driving up rents and fueling gentrification.

OC cities to offer 700 shelter beds for the homeless

A hearing was held Wednesday in the legal case stemming from the eviction of homeless people from a large encampment in Orange County. The federal judge overseeing the case, David Carter, had asked cities to come up with new sites for emergency homeless shelters.

OC eyeing record turnout in primary election

Thanks to hot races, including for congressional seats, OC officials predict turnout from Tuesday's election will be the highest in any midterm primary since 2002.

What we know about the LA County primary 'glitch'

Roughly 118,000 names went missing from Los Angeles County voter rosters during Tuesday's primary election. What we know about what happened and what's next.

Many homeless still on the move after OC riverbed clear out

In February, officials dismantled a large homeless encampment along the Santa Ana River in Orange County. A legal settlement was supposed to set former residents there on a path toward permanent housing.

Jail staff not responsible for inmates death says OC DA

The Orange County District Attorney’s office announced Tuesday that OC jail employees were not responsible for the death of an inmate last year. The DA’s office also said that it believed 27-year-old inmate Danny Pham was killed by his cellmate, Marvin Magallanes.

How ER docs could help fight the opioid epidemic

L.A. County-USC Medical Center is piloting a program in which ER doctors steer patients with opioid use disorders into treatment.

Could cannabis help keep seniors in pain off opioids?

The Laguna Woods Medical Cannabis Collective has more than 800 members on the books, a sign that seniors are open to using pot for chronic pain and other issues. The community has had a high rate of opioid overdose deaths.

Is the crackdown on opioids failing patients?

Many chronic pain patients are middle-aged and older adults, who are among the highest users of prescription opioids. Some have been stranded by well-intentioned policies designed to curb abuse.

Orange County still awaiting new homeless shelter sites

Despite a series of failed attempts to set up new homeless shelters in Orange County, local leaders and advocates for the homeless say there's no turning back.

In Orange County DA's race, candidates' debate is elusive

OCDA Tony Rackauckas was a no-show for what could have been the first, real candidates' debate in the hotly contested race. He said he was working on the Golden State killer case.