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The Thruway Authority is revamping some of its winter weather procedures following last week's storm, which stranded motorists for hours.  The Authority says it will now be better prepared to close the entrance ramps when snow makes the road impassable.  Officials say starting this weekend the agency will have its own personnel at ramps to shut them down when warranted during snowstorms.  The management staff is also promising to make faster decisions in coordination with State Police.  The Authority took a lot of heat after the Thruway remained open and hundreds of drivers stuck in traffic were snowed in for more than 17 hours. 

Local Congressman Chris Lee has been named to the powerful House Ways and Means Committee for the incoming session. Lee, a Republican from Clarence, will begin his second term in Washington next month. His district includes all of Genesee County.

From the police blotter this morning:
Two men were arrested last night, in separate incidents, for allegedly violating court orders of protection.
William Andrews, 31, of 54 Hutchins St., was jailed without bail. Batavia Police say Hutchins made repeated threats of violence against a person he had been ordered to stay away from.
Charles Blatt, 48, of 319 E. Main St., was jailed in lieu of $1,000 bail for allegedly violating the court order of protection.

A Clarence man who ran an Amherst investment firm has admitted it was all a scam.  Prosecutors say 56-year-old Guy Gane pleaded guilty to federal charges of defrauding investors out of nearly $6 million.  He admitted that he used his company, Watermark Financial Services, to promise about 90 investors that he would get high rates of return by buying waterfront property in Maine.  Prosecutors say Gane never invested the cash and instead pocketed the money for his own use.  Gane could get 18 years in prison.

Bills fans will not be able to watch this Sunday's game on television.  The team did not sell out Ralph Wilson Stadium in time to avoid a black out.  The only way diehards will be able to see the game is to head to the stadium.  However, many fans may not want to bear witness to an ugly season as the Bills are 2-and 10.

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