Massachusetts: Gov. Deval Patrick returns from 10-day trip

(AP) – Gov. Deval Patrick is heading back to Beacon Hill after a 10-day trip that included a trade mission to Colombia and a weekend meeting of the National Governors Association.

Patrick is scheduled to arrive at the Statehouse Monday afternoon and will speak with reporters.

During the trip, Patrick and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos signed a memorandum of understanding intended to strengthen collaboration between Massachusetts and the South American nation.

The agreement focuses on science, technology, the life sciences and clean energy.

After leaving Colombia, Patrick and wife Diane flew to Florida for a few days of vacation.

On Friday, Patrick headed to Washington for a weekend meeting of the governors association.

The trip included a dinner at the White House that President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted for the governors.

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