A.J. Higgins

State House Bureau Chief

A.J. came to MPBN in August 2007 after a recent stint as a staff writer for Blethen Maine Newspapers, where his work for the Kennebec Journal in Augusta also appeared in the Waterville Morning Sentinel, the Portland Press Herald and the Maine Sunday Telegram.

Prior to joining the Kennebec Journal, Higgins served for 13 years as Political Editor and State House Bureau Chief for the Bangor Daily News.

He began working for the BDN in 1972 while still a senior at Bangor High School when his first job was casting the lead plates for the printing presses in the paper’s stereotype department. In the ensuing 34 years, Higgins moved up to the Editorial Department where he quickly immersed himself in nearly every facet of news reporting, editing and photography.

In addition to his extensive coverage in the greater Bangor area, he also worked in the paper’s Presque Isle Bureau and was named bureau chief of the paper’s Hancock County operations in Ellsworth in 1988. He was assigned to the State House in 1993.

A.J. resides in Manchester with his wife, Diane.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Public health and school officials concerned about the numbers of Maine parents who are choosing not to have their children vaccinated on philosophical grounds made some headway today in the Health and Human Services Committee.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Senate gave preliminary approval Thursday to a Republican-led bill limiting General Assistance to some welfare recipients whom critics say could be out working.

AUGUSTA, Maine — In a near unanimous vote Thursday, the Maine Senate overrode Gov. Paul LePage's veto of a bill crafted to safeguard the privacy of students' school records in private institutions.

LePage opposed the bill, saying he didn't believe that government can set policy for private schools that do not accept public funds.

State Sen. Brian Langley, an Ellsworth Republican, said public school students are entitled to privacy consideration as the result of federal law, and that the Maine bill was necessary to provide the same protection to private school students.

AUGUSTA, Maine - It will be up to the Maine Legislature to resolve a clerical error that could result in a loss of funding for the Efficiency Maine Trust.

AUGUSTA -- The last of the regulators appointed by Gov. John Baldacci to the Maine Public Utilities Commission closed out his last meeting with the panel Wednesday.

Commissioner David Littell said that, while he did not always agree with his fellow commissioners appointed by Gov. Paul LePage, he had enjoyed his five years on the panel.