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Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that the city of San Antonio and the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) would be one of the proving grounds for testing autonomous vehicles.

The Texas Automated Vehicle Proving Ground Partnership has 32 Texas municipal and regional partners along with 9 other USDOT designees who will be creating a community information sharing and deployment best practices.

Paul Flahive

Don Spring has been repairing typewriters for 50 years. The owner of Affordable Typewriter Services sells them occasionally too.  In fact, he sold one a couple of weeks ago, but the 72 year-old says he couldn't close the deal on a recent pitch.

"She says, 'let's take it back and show it to the girls.' I walk in there and she says to the girls 'how can we get the ribbons?' I say 'I can get the ribbons.' She says, 'Well, who is going to fix it?' I say, 'Well, I can fix it. I've been doing it 50 years.' 'Well, what are we gonna do when he dies," he says laughing.

City of San Antonio TCI

San Antonio City Council members got a few more details Wednesday about delays in building a Google Fiber network. 

The city paused construction after residents complained about the size of the 12-by-30 feet Google “huts,” that house the infrastructure for the project. 

SAPD

An Uber driver was arrested Sunday and admitted to the rape of a 22-year-old San Antonio woman, San Antonio police say.

Courtesy of ShotSpotter

Just up the road from the Hays Street Bridge is Dee Smith's house. Smith is the past president of Dignowity Hill's neighborhood association, and she says the East Side needs ShotSpotter because gun shots are too common in some parts of her neighborhood.

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