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 - The Maine House has overwhelmingly approved a bill that would allow doctors to prescribe the long-term use of antibiotics to treat Lyme disease without fear of disciplinary action by the medical licensing board.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A bill that would allow Mainers to carry concealed weapons without a permit advanced in the Legislature today after the state Senate approved the measure in a 21-14 vote.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Democrats in the Maine House turned back a Republican-led effort to grant greater state oversight of the licensing of abortion clinics.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's Passamaquoddy and Penobscot tribes today withdrew their representatives from the Maine Legislature, citing frustration with what they say has been the state's continued failure to recognize the sovereign rights of native peoples.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's Indian tribes have recalled all of their tribal representatives to the Legislature, citing a complete disintegration of their relationship with the state of Maine.

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