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Congress to hold Boston hearing on lessons from Marathon attack

The House Committee on Homeland Security is planning a rare field hearing in Boston this spring to let victims, local officials, and first responders testify on lessons learned following the Marathon attacks, according to US Representative William R. Keating, who serves on the committee and urged the hearing.

The committee is planning to release one of several official reports on the attack in the coming weeks that will examine potential lapses in security and response. Keating had initially said a report would be out the first week in February but said this week that it is being vetted and will likely be released within the next few weeks.

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Keating, a Bourne Democrat, has long pushed for a Boston-area hearing. He said the committee’s chairman, Republican Representative Michael McCaul of Texas, has yet to work out a date or exact location.

“Not everyone can travel to Washington for hearings and we’ll learn more, best practices,” Keating said.

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