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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WATERVILLE, Maine — The former principal of Waterville High School is facing a misdemeanor charge of official oppression as the result of allegations that he solicited an 18-year-old female senior for sex last summer.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Critics of the Maine Republican Party say it's using the terrorist killings in Paris to drive a signature-gathering effort aimed at its welfare reform agenda.

ORONO, Maine — Maine's offshore wind power project has received a shot in the arm, in the form of a $3.7 million federal award.

A state senator from Cape Neddick is hoping her initiative aimed improving government transparency will be revived next week. Democrat Dawn Hill will have to convince at least one Republican leader to support her efforts to enhance the flow of information between state agencies and the Legislature. The legislative council rejected Hill's bill last month along party lines, but the sponsor says there are new developments that warrant a second look.

The panel split five to five along party lines in Hill's bill, but Hill says recent events underscore the need for more transparency.

This story contains a correction. See Editor's Note below.

AUGUSTA, Maine — For the third time this year, a Republican lawmaker in Maine has drawn fire for Facebook posts attacking political rivals on their religious choices.