Gov. Patrick to visit Springfield job training center

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SPRINGFIELD (AP) -- Gov. Deval Patrick is scheduled to visit Springfield for a ceremonial bill signing and tour a job placement program.

The Republican reports (http://bit.ly/1j36tH4) that Patrick is set to visit the western Massachusetts city on Monday. He’ll host a ceremonial bill signing for a law that establishes uniform natural gas leaks classifications, requires gas companies to assess a grade to all reported natural gas leaks and imposes other changes.

A natural gas explosion in Springfield on Nov. 23, 2012, leveled a strip club and heavily damaged a dozen other buildings. No one was killed.

The explosion was caused when a Columbia Gas employee accidentally punctured a gas line while probing for a leak.

Patrick also is set to tour Tech Foundry, an education program for high school students seeking work in information technology.


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