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Pablo Navarro

Anne Sheldrake is one of those people you know who is seemingly perfect in every way. 

In her story, we meet a younger her, back when she was both whip smart and ambitious. She says there were two options when she moved to San Antonio: a Ph.D., or bust.

She literally couldn't imagine a scenario without attaining her doctorate that was not an abject failure.

As we hear in her story, the façade of perfection was hard to keep up and the burden had a heavy price.

Pablo Navarro

Dylan Farmer was born and bred in San Antonio, and spent a lot of his childhood watching television. His very favorite show, chock full of the ripped-from-the-headlines excitement he craved, was "Law & Order."

"In my head, the courtroom became a church - a solemn, holy place," Dylan says. 

Lo and behold, Dylan ended up a lawyer. But as his story shows us, don’t believe everything you see on TV. 

Bri Kirkham | Texas Public Radio

It’s been three years since Dorćol Distilling & Brewing Company started brewing their HighWheel brand of beer. And for three years, everytime patrons in their taproom ask to buy a six-pack or fill a growler to take home, they’ve heard the same answer: 

“No.”

That’s because of Texas laws — which will change on Sunday.


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City staff are proposing two autonomous shuttles on San Antonio streets by the end of this year. The testing ground for the project will be Brooks City Base, the former military base turned mixed-use development.

SpaceX Boca Chica Complex
Courtesy of Lab Padre

UPDATE: The Starhopper test was canceled shortly before its launch around 6 p.m.

Courtesy TechBloc

Technology startups from across Texas will compete ths October in the recently relaunched TechFuel pitch competition for $100,000 from Bexar County.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Nine companies applied for the three exclusive licenses to operate electric scooter fleets in San Antonio. Lyft, Bird, Lime, Ojo Electric, Razor, Spin, VeoRide, Frog Scooters and Wheels labs will be considered in coming months for the right to operate on San Antonio streets. The licenses allow companies to increase profits by reducing competition in a city that currently hosts six companies and thousands of e-scooters. 

Blue Duck scooters, the only local company, will not be among them.

Courtesy H-E-B

H-E-B plans to build a five story building on its San Antonio campus downtown and fill it with 500 new technology-based employees. The 150,000 square foot facility will also consolidate workers from across the city under one roof. The building could accommodate 1,000 employees.

Paul D Flahive | Texas Public Radio

The sole local scooter company may be banned from San Antonio streets in October. Blue Duck Scooters failed to apply for an exclusive permit by the July 22 deadline, according to individuals familiar with the issue. The city will determine which three companies will continue operating in San Antonio this fall.

How scooters are collected and deployed plays a significant role in their carbon impact. San Antonio forces scooters to be collected each night from specific areas.
Bri Kirkham | Texas Public Radio

Electric scooters cause more pollution than they save, according to a first of its kind study published Friday.

Rentable e-scooters are marketed by companies across the country as the carbon free or Earth-friendly alternatives to transportation. 

The study published in the Journal of Environmental Research Letters tested those claims. 

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