Around the area and state:
2 men killed in separate auto accidents
Two men died in separate traffic wrecks in Houston, one involving a disabled car.
A 19-year-old man and a woman were stopped in a lane of traffic on the eastbound 610 North Loop west near Ella about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday when the driver of a Dodge Charger struck the back of their disabled Infinity G35, Houston police said.
The man died at the scene. The woman had injuries that were non-life-threatening.
A woman driving the Dodge was taken to the hospital to allow her blood to be drawn and tested for alcohol use.
In an earlier crash, 23-year-old Hui Nguyen died after his vehicle struck a telephone pole, police said.
He was speeding westbound on Bellaire near Dairy Ashford when he swerved and struck the pole about 11:45 p.m. Tuesday.
Nguyen was thrown from his Lexus SC 400. The force of the impact cut the car in two.
Police said witnesses told investigators the Lexus appeared to be traveling at about 100 mph before the crash.
Hurst man is latest victim of West Nile
FORT WORTH - Another North Texan has died of West Nile virus, bringing the North Texas West Nile death toll to at least 27 and the Texas toll to at least 51.
A Tarrant County Public Health statement Wednesday described the victim as a Hurst man in his late 70s with underlying medical conditions. The death is the seventh in Tarrant County.
Federal health officials say this is the nation's worst year for the mosquito-borne virus since it was discovered in New York 13 years ago. Texas has about half of the U.S. deaths from the illness.
Baytown refinery leak releases pollutants
Exxon Mobil has reported inadvertent emmissions of large amounts of pollutants at its flagship refinery near Houston.
Officials at the Baytown refinery reported a leak in a heat exchanger tube on Tuesday prompted them to shut down a flexicoking unit that separates heavy oils into fuels.
Former soldier pleads guilty in murder plot
LAREDO - A former soldier has pleaded guilty in a murder-for-hire and drug trafficking plot in South Texas.
Prosecutors say former Army Lt. Kevin Corley, 29, of Colorado Springs, Colo., thought he and others were meeting with members of the Zetas drug cartel in Laredo this year. Instead, they were federal undercover agents at the meeting.
According to court files, Corley offered to train, provide weapons and commit a murder in exchange for money and drugs. He pleaded guilty to murder-for-hire conspiracy, drug distribution conspiracy and a weapons charge in Laredo on Wednesday.