Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is again appealing to lawmakers to approve his sweeping gun control bill.
Patrick is planning to testify before a hearing of the Public Safety Committee at the Statehouse today.
The committee has been holding hearings on nearly 60 gun-related bills across the state this summer.
Patrick's legislation would tighten access to high-powered rounds of ammunition, create four new types of firearms-related crimes and mandate that buyers undergo background checks before purchasing weapons at gun shows.
Officials at Boston's Logan Airport are apologizing for holding a fire drill, complete with smoke and flames, on the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
The two hijacked jets that were flown into the World Trade Center towers that day had taken off from Logan.
Gov. Deval Patrick, who did not know in advance about the drill, calls the timing of it "dumb." But he adds that he retained confidence in the leadership of the Massachusetts Port Authority, the public agency that runs the airport.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is returning to the public spotlight after a month during which he's kept an unusually low profile.
Patrick will attend a meeting of the Governor's Council. It's the first public event he's had at the Statehouse since a July 31 meeting of the council.
In the afternoon, Patrick will participate in a bell-ringing at the Old South Meeting House in honor of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech and the March on Washington.