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Take a quick look at some of the top stories from across Texas, from a look into the Dust Bowl photo archive to a look back at Larry Hagman's career, and more...

From High Plains Public Radio in Amarillo and the Panhandle:

"Books and films about the Dust Bowl era, including Ken Burn’s new documentary The Dust Bowl, draw heavily from the deep archive of photographs and films created by the Resettlement Administration and Farm Security Administration from 1935-1942.  You can peruse this collection yourself at the Library of Congress’ online catalogue of the collection."

From KUT News in Austin:

"Austinites may be used to seeing the city’s name in a variety of number one lists.  But this number one is on a list few of us may think about: out of the 100 largest metro areas in the country, Austin has the fastest growing number of people who are between 55 and 64 years old."

The family of Texas A&M's 19-year-old freshman quarterback, who is from Kerrville, is fighting to keep control of the rights to their son's nickname, "Johnny Football," with a little help from the university.

From KETR in Commerce:

"It has now been three weeks since a Greenville teenager disappeared with no recent developments reported in the hunt for her killer. A reward has risen to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and then conviction of whomever murdered Alicia Chanta Moore. With donations also coming in for a fund to assist Moore’s Family, that fund has risen to at least $3500."

From KERA in Dallas/Fort Worth:

"Larry Hagman, the actor who played the iconic J.R. Ewing in the TV series Dallas, died Friday after a battle with cancer in the city where he was filming the series’ revival for TNT. (The show starts its second season Jan. 28.) Hagman was 81, and he had a lasting impact on folks around the world, including KERA’s Rick Holter."

"Could another Dust Bowl bury drought-prone states like Texas again?  That’s a question raised by a Ken Burns documentary airing last night and tonight on PBS.  In it eyewitnesses recall the terrifying clouds of dust that blanketed Texas and surrounding states in the 1930s."

From KUHF in Houston:

"The University of Houston's Moores school of Music has started a new jazz artist residency that aims to bring renowned musicians to Houston."

"In some ways, celebrating Thanksgiving is a story of assimilation into American culture. KUHF's Shomial Ahmad talked to some immigrants and Americans from different ethnicities on how they've made the Thanksgiving meal unique for them."

From KLDN and Red River Public Radio in Lufkin:

"Husband and wife videographers based in Fort Worth, Carl and Betsy Crum, are producing a documentary series for Texas PBS stations. “One Square Mile: Texas" will focus on nine miles in Texas to reveal the state's diversity of people and landscapes through first-person stories. Betsy Crum said they’ll traverse the Lone Star State to uncover the stories for the first five episodes in the TV series."

From Marfa Public Radio:

"Like all businesses, the ranching industry is always trying to be more efficient and that includes marketing. One Fort Davis resident helps ranchers do just that, bringing modern technology into the process. Lorne Matalon reports."

From KWBU in Waco:

"For any student, getting homework done can be a challenge. Throw uncertainty about where you're going to sleep, when you'll eat, and even if you'll have school supplies into the mix, and extra support becomes a necessity. As a part of National Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Week, KWBU's Becky Fogel learned more about a large population within the Waco Independent School District: homeless students."