Here are the things you need to know today......

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Hearing set for John Williams, charged in connection with the shooting death of a Somerset County sheriff's deputy according to centralmaine.com.

Electrical malfunction caused Friday fire in Gardiner according to centralmaine.com.

Officials are investigating after a device with a camera lens that was found in a women's locker room at Bates College according to US  News.

Heath officials in Maine have confirmed the first influenza death of the current flu season according to US News.

Gov. LePage has pardoned a former republican state lawmaker for a drug trafficking conviction according to US News.

Maine's minimum wage increased to $11 from $10, while the minimum wage for tipped employees increased to $5.50 from $5 according to US News. The federal minimum wage is $7.25, which was last raised in 2009.

Lyme disease cases in the state dropped in 2018 and researchers are seeing fewer ticks in recent field surveys according to US News.

Gas prices are down 4 cents per gallon in Maine, averaging $2.29 according to US News.

Gov LePage says people are going to miss him when he's gone and is still saying he might be back to run for a third term if he doesn't like what happens with our new governor according to US News.

Congress was set to reconvene on today with no signs of a solution to end the 12-day-old partial shutdown of the U.S. government according to US News.

State Police are investigating the deaths of a two bodies found in South Paris according to Newscenter.

Governor-elect Janet Mills moved into Blaine House on New Year's Day and the inauguration ceremonies happen this evening according to Newscenter.

2018: Maine saw one of its lowest years for highway deaths according to the Bangor Daily News.

The partial federal government shutdown is taking its toll on national parks according to the Bangor Daily News.