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 - 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.

AUGUSTA, Maine - Resting service dogs kept a watchful eye on members of the Legislature's Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee today as their owners weighed in on a bill aimed at setting clearer guidelines on what qualifies as a "service animal" under Maine law.

AUGUSTA, Maine - You might have heard about a clerical error in a huge omnibus energy bill two years ago that has led to a nearly $40 million cut in funding to the Efficiency Maine Trust, an agency that oversees programs to help Mainers cut energy costs. The effort to correct that error has turned partisan.

AUGUSTA, Maine  Republican Gov. Paul LePage lashed out Democrats in the House and Senate today for refusing to back his plan to create additional law enforcement positions to address the state's drug problem.

The governor said Maine voters should be outraged by the lawmakers' indifference.

"If you're not angry, you should be," LePage said. "You should be disgusted with the behavior of some of these legislators that want to continue to ignore the killing of our children. They are weak on drugs. They simply don't want to deal with he problem."