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 - Democratic lawmakers may be feeling some pressure to take a harder line against welfare fraud following an election cycle that saw Republicans advance in the House and Senate after campaigning on welfare reform.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The LePage administration says it wants to streamline the process of setting reimbursement rates for services sought by intellectually disabled adults by not requiring a public hearing.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Tribal leaders in Maine say they're surprised, and a bit confused, by Gov. Paul LePage's decision to rescind an old executive order proclaiming a special relationship between the tribes and the state.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Members of the state's hunting community are backing two proposed constitutional amendments aimed at stopping out-of-state animal rights groups from bringing anti-hunting measures to the ballot box in Maine.

AUGUSTA, Maine - In most of Maine's larger cities and towns, there's little chance of having to stand in line for liquor. But it's a different story in many of the state's smaller communities, particularly those tourist-dependent towns that grow in population during the summer months.

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