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 Contact numbers are not for publication.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:
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.
AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry addresses the State Board of Education. 10 a.m. State Board of Education, William B. Travis Building, Room 1-104, 1701 Congress Ave. Contact: 512-463-1826.
AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry addresses joint opening session of the Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars Mid-Winter Conference. 10:50 a.m. Doubletree Hotel, Phoenix Ballroom, 6506 North Interstate 35. Contact: 512-463-1826.
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.