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Associated Press

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 15 at 2:30 PM

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 Contact numbers are not for publication.

Wednesday, May 15:

ARLINGTON — Arlington Police Department honors eight officers killed in the line of duty in the department's history with a ceremony as part of National Police Week. 6 p.m. Heroes Park, 2100 W. Green Oaks Blvd. Contact: Tiara Ellis Richard, 817-459-5624, tiara.richard(at)arlingtontx.gov.

Thursday, May 16:

DALLAS — Dallas Water Utilities holds public forum to discuss water demand for the next 50 years and where the water would come from. 10 a.m. Bachman Recreation Center, 2750 Bachman Drive; 6 p.m. Tommie M. Allen Recreation Center, 7071 Bonnie View Road. Contact: Yvonne Dupre, 214-671-9276, yvonne.dupre(at)dallascityhall.com.

HOUSTON — NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and Johnson Space Center Director Ellen Ochoa discuss the future of human space exploration and the role the International Space Station performs in support of those efforts. 10:30 a.m. Johnson Space Center, Space Vehicle Mock-up Facility. Contact: Nicole Cloutier-Lemasters, 281-483-5111, nicole.cloutier-1(at)nasa.gov.

FORT BLISS — Defense Department, Army and Lockheed Martin dedicate the U.S. military's first grid-tied intelligent microgrid integrating renewable resources and energy storage. The system would allow the electric micro-grid serving Fort Bliss to provide surplus power to the surrounding grid serving the El Paso area during peak demand periods, as well as be sufficient to keep Fort Bliss energized when the surrounding electric grid shuts down. 10:30 a.m. MDT. Fort Bliss, enlisted personnel dining facility, Brigade Combat Team No. 1, 20100 Eagle Way, East Fort Bliss (Biggs Air Field). Contact: Maj. Joe Buccino, 915-472-0287, joseph.p.buccino.mil(at)mail.mil; Geneva Greene, 972-603-9171, geneva.greene(at)lmco.com.

AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry will be joined by Sens. Robert Duncan and Rodney Ellis, Reps. Senfronia Thompson and Tryon Lewis, and exonerated inmate Michael Morton to ceremonially sign SB 1611, which improves Texas' criminal justice system by ensuring a more open discovery process. 2:15 p.m. Texas Capitol, Governor's Public Reception Room (2S.1), 1100 Congress Ave. Contact: 512-463-1826.

WEST — State Fire Marshal Chris Connealy and U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announce results of the joint investigation of the April 17 blast at the West Fertilizer Plant that killed 14 people, injured more than 200 and damaged or destroyed dozens of homes and buildings. 4 p.m. West High School parking lot, 1008 Jerry Mashek Drive. (Media will be allowed into the school parking lot beginning at 2:30 p.m. and will be directed where to set up. Media may remain in the parking lot until 6 p.m., when the area will be closed and secured.) Contact:

HOUSTON — More than 20 representatives of different religions in the Houston area join Rice University officials onstage to mark establishment of a new institute to study and advance religious tolerance and understanding. Rice officials will thank donors whose multimillion-dollar gift made the institute possible. 4:30 p.m. Rice University, Baker Hall, Dore Commons, 6100 Main St. RSVP Jeff Falk, 713-348-6775, jfalk(at)rice.edu.

Friday, May 17:

FORT BLISS — Maj. Gen. Dana Pittard, commander of Fort Bliss and the 1st Armored Division, adds names of 13 soldiers killed in action in the past year in Afghanistan to the Field of Honor Memorial at the West Texas Army post. 10 a.m. MDT. Fort Bliss Field of Honor, immediately inside Cassidy Road Gate of Patriot Freeway/U.S. 54, West Fort Bliss. Contact: Maj. Joe Buccino, 915-744-0287, joseph.p.buccino.mil(at)mail.mil.

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