Heavy rains in southwest Louisiana are flooding land and keeping some farmers out of the fields.
Calcasieu Parish County Agent Jimmy Meaux tells The American Press that although sugar cane harvesting is through in most areas, rice and soybean farmers are being kept from preparing their fields for the planting season.
Most farmers spend January and February getting fields in shape for spring planting, which can begin as early as March, he said.
State police stopped a speeding and weaving, empty school bus just south of DeQuincy and determined that the driver was intoxicated.
Sgt. James Anderson says a trooper in Calcasieu Parish saw the bus operating left of Louisiana Highway 27's centerline, about six miles south of DeQuincy, shortly before 8 a.m. Monday. When he stopped it, Anderson says the trooper determined the driver, 26-year-old Matthew O. Richard, was intoxicated. He says a breath sample found Richard's blood-alcohol level at .211 percent — more than 2½ times the legal limit.