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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An ongoing discussion over whether FairPoint Communications should be obliged to provide landline telephone service throughout the state was re-energized Thursday at the State House.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine lobstermen packed a hearing in Augusta today for testimony on proposed changes to the state's lobster licensing laws.  The changes are aimed at shortening waiting lists for license applicants.

During the public hearing before the Legislature's Marine Resources Committee, lawmakers heard the pros and cons of a bill designed to streamline the process of obtaining a license, which often takes years.

Patrice McCarron, executive director of the Maine Lobsterman's Association, said her organization felt it had to oppose the bill.

Gov. Paul LePage temporarily removed his nominee to head the state Department of Education Tuesday, alleging that Democrats were playing games to advance an activist agenda.

The court master assigned to monitor operations at the Riverview Psychiatric Center in Augusta says the state hospital must hire additional personnel to comply with staffing ratios established as part of a 1990 agreement prompted by a class-action lawsuit.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Republican Party officials have decided to extend their efforts to place tax and welfare reform ballot questions before the voters by waiting until November of next year.