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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A.J. Higgins / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - Crowds packed the State House today in opposition to what the LePage administration is touting as a major reform of the system designed to help Maine's poorest residents.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it a Class C felony to use fake receipts or swap UPC codes.

Sponsored by Scarborough state Sen. Amy Volk, the bill is an attempt to address a unique fraud scam that she says is costing Maine businesses millions each year. Volk explained how the crime is committed. 

Mal Leary / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - How the state should manage more than 600,000 acres of public lands is an issue that is under intense scrutiny at the State House, where conservationists are expected to mount an offensive against proposed changes by the LePage administration.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Conservationists in Maine are expressing concern about a LePage administration proposal to move oversight of public lands from the Conservation Department to the Maine Forest Service.

Gov. Paul LePage has included the plan in his two-year budget proposal. He also wants to refocus the mission of Maine's forest rangers toward forest health rather than law enforcement.

Rep. Craig Hickman, the House chair of the Legislature's Forestry Committee, says he's never been comfortable with the ongoing merger between the state agriculture and forestry departments.

Susan Sharon / MPBN

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine Legislature is considering a measure that would ease the way for development near so-called "vernal pools," which provide breeding habitat for frogs, salamanders and turtles.