Assignment Desks, Editors: The following events are for planning purposes. Listing does not indicate AP coverage. Scheduled events are subject to change. Contact numbers are not for publication.
Thursday, Jan. 31:
AUSTIN — House Speaker Joe Straus and U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro address annual conference of the Texas Association of Business. Straus speaks, 8 a.m.; Castro speaks, 11 a.m. AT&T Conference Center, 1900 University Ave. Contact: Bill Hammond, 512-637-7701.
HOUSTON — Gov. Rick Perry speaks on the State of the State and his legislative priorities in an address to the Greater Houston Partnership. 12 p.m. Hilton Americas Hotel, Grande Ballroom, 1600 Lamar St. Contact: 512-463-1826.
SHERMAN — Hearing in the drunken-driving case against country singer Randy Travis. 4 p.m. Grayson County Courthouse, West Courtroom, 100 W. Houston. Contact: District Attorney's Office, 903-813-4361.
HOUSTON — Jon Huntsman, former United States ambassador to China and former governor of Utah, discusses "America in 2013 and Beyond: Challenges and Opportunities" with the Baker Institute Student Forum at Rice University. 6-7:30 p.m. Rice University, Baker Hall, Kelly International Conference Facility, 6100 Main St. Contact: Jeff Falk, 713-348-6775 or jfalk(at)rice.edu.
ARLINGTON — Vigil and storytelling to mark the beginning of events at the University of Texas at Arlington to mark the 10th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster that killed its seven-member crew, including UTA alumna Kalpana Chawla. 6 p.m. UTA campus, Kalpana Chawla Hall, 901 S. Oak St. Contact: Bridget Lewis, 817-272-3317, blewis(at)uta.edu.
Friday, Feb. 1:
ARLINGTON — Release of white biodegradable balloons to mark the moment when NASA Mission Control lost contact with the Space Shuttle Columbia and its seven-member crew, including UTA alumna Kalpana Chawla. 7:59 a.m. UTA campus, Kalpana Chawla Hall, 901 S. Oak St. Contact: Bridget Lewis, 817-272-3317, blewis(at)uta.edu.
ARLINGTON — The Texas Rangers' equipment truck leaves for the team's spring training camp in Surprise, Ariz. Last items loaded into the truck, 1:45 p.m. Scheduled departure, 2 p.m. Pitching coach Mike Maddux and pitcher Tanner Scheppers will be present. Media should park in the J Lot off Randol Mill Road and walked down the ramp. The truck will be loaded at the base of the ramp in the garage. Contact: 817-273-5203.