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The Dallas Examiner | 8/29/2014, 8:27 p.m. | Updated on 8/29/2014, 8:27 p.m.
The North Texas Tollway Authority honored Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson last week with the Drive to Excellence Award for the ...

The Dallas Examiner

DALLAS

The North Texas Tollway Authority honored Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson last week with the Drive to Excellence Award for the creation of a robust and thriving transportation network serving one of the fastest growing regions in the country.

Johnson is currently the highest-ranking Texan on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. She has served on the committee for 22 years and has directed billions of federal dollars into Texas infrastructure projects.

The NTTA is a subdivision of the state of Texas authorized to acquire, construct, maintain and operate turnpike projects in the North Texas region. It serves Dallas, Collin, Denton, Tarrant and Johnson counties; it owns and operates the Dallas North Tollway, President George Bush Turnpike, Sam Rayburn Tollway, Addison Airport Toll Tunnel, Lewisville Toll Bridge, Mountain Creek Lake Bridge and the Chisholm Trail Parkway. For more information, visit http://www.ntta.org.

FORT WORTH and PLANO

Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with end-stage diseases. It is divided into four parts, A through D.

Part A is the hospital insurance that covers in-patient hospital care, skilled nursing facilities, in-home care and hospice care. Part B is the medical insurance that covers doctor’s visits, out patient care, preventative services and medical supplies. Part C is the advantage program offered by a private company that contracts with Medicare for special services. Part D adds prescription drug coverage to the original or other Medicare plans.

This September, Medicare beneficiaries, their families and caregivers can participate in educational events as part of National Medicare Education Week, Sept. 15 through Sept. 21. This annual observance begins exactly one month before the start of the Medicare Open Enrollment Period, Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, when people can make changes to their coverage. During the week, UnitedHealthcare will host educational events where local representatives will address people’s top Medicare questions and will be available to speak with them one-on-one.

Events will take place Sept. 18 at 2 p.m., at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, located at 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. in Fort Worth and Sept. 19 at 2 p.m., at Atria Canyon Creek, located at 440 Independence Parkway in Plano. There is no cost to attend but registration is requested. To RSVP, call 1-877-228-4557 or go to http://www.nmew.com and click on “Attend an Event.”

DALLAS

During the Southwest Airlines State Fair Classic, held this year on Sept. 27, fans are now being asked to leave their big bags and purses at home.

The Cotton Bowl will implement the NFL bag policy to provide a safer environment for the public and expedite fan entry into the stadium, starting with the big match-up between the Tigers and the Panthers.

“Fans attending games at the Cotton Bowl deserve to be in a safe and secure environment,” Dallas City Councilman Dwaine Caraway said. “Public safety has and will continue to be our top priority. This measure will provide a safer environment and create a quicker experience at the gates. We appreciate the cooperation of fans attending the game.”