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The Orange County Sheriff’s Office reports Ricky D. Smith, the man reported missing in Orange County since the early morning hours of Jan. 1, was found safely at home yesterday evening, Jan. 4.

OCSO Criminal Investigator Janois Strause Grizzaffi said at 11 p.m. on Jan. 4 that Smith was safe at the Orange County residence where he is staying.

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The left lane of I-10 westbound in Orange from FM 3247 to Adams Bayou will be closed tonight from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. to make repairs, TxDOT PIO Sarah Dupre reported in an email Jan 4.

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UPDATE 1/5 at 10:55 a.m.: The Smith Road overpass over I-10 is now open, TxDOT PIO Sarah Dupre reports.

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On Jan. 4, shortly after 9 a.m., Beaumont Fire Rescue units responded to a reported house fire at the corner of Harding Drive and Woodlawn Avenue, Beaumont Fire and Rescue Captain Brad Penisson reported.

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NASA has selected two missions that have the potential to open new windows on one of the earliest eras in the history of our solar system – a time less than 10 million years after the birth of our sun. The missions, known as Lucy and Psyche, were chosen from five finalists and will proceed to mission formulation, with the goal of launching in 2021 and 2023, respectively.

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