LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska's chief justice says the state's courts are expanding their public services to protect abused children, keep former prisoners from re-offending and help some counties save money. Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican outlined the accomplishments of the state's judicial branch in his annual State of the Judiciary address to lawmakers. Heavican says the courts are working to reunite more foster children with parents, help offenders with drug and alcohol addictions, and save money by having clerks serve both district and county courts.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A woman charged after the Omaha drowning death of her infant great-granddaughter has been sentenced to two years of probation. Court records say 63-year-old Sandra Laravie pleaded guilty Tuesday to attempted negligent child abuse resulting in death. Prosecutors had reduced the charge in exchange for her plea. Laravie was accused of leaving 4-month-old Zavara Taylor unattended in a bathtub on Aug. 22, 2018. When Laravie returned to the bathroom, Zavara was unresponsive. Authorities say she'd slipped from a hammock-like bath seat, was underwater and covered with a brown mat that had slipped into the tub.

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) - The director of the airport in Scottsbluff is under investigation and has been placed on paid administrative leave. The airport board chairman, Bob Unzicker, says the investigation of Raul Aguallo has been turned over to the Nebraska State Patrol. Unzicker told the Scottsbluff Star-Herald that it's alleged Aguallo had airport employees do some work on his house on airport time. Associated Press attempts to reach Aguallo on Wednesday were unsuccessful. Aguallo has been director of Western Nebraska Regional Airport since August  2018.

YORK, Neb. (AP) - Authorities say a driver was killed in a collision involving two cars and a semitrailer on the south end of York. First responders were sent to an intersection just east of U.S. Highway 81 a little before 6 p.m. Tuesday. Authorities say one car driver died and the other was taken to a York hospital for treatment. The condition of the truck driver wasn't clear. The names of those involved and other details about what happened haven't been released.

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