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Seg. 1: Missouri Governor Seeks More Efficiency. Seg. 2: Lawrence Filmmaker Documents Garden City.

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Since becoming Missouri's governor Mike Parson has discovered, "we've got these programs out here that maybe are duplicate of another agency, another department ... and that's the kind of stuff we need to clean up."

Segment 1: Missouri Governor Mike Parson wants $22 million to help "skill up" current workforce for better paying jobs. 

Last week Governor Mike Parson used his State of the State address to announce his approach for workforce development and state infrastructure.  Today, the governor explained his proposal to borrow $350 million to repair bridges and another $50 million for a cost-sharing program to assist cities and counties with their projects. He emphasized a priority for making sure that the people who need help are getting it. 

Segment 2, beginning at 23:59: Documentary tells the story of immigration and the acceptance of diversity in Garden City, Kansas. 

Filmmaker Stephen Lerner's latest work is "Strangers in Town."  Lerner explained how thousands of migrant workers arrived in Garden City, Kansas in 1980 looking for a better opportunity with employement at the world's largest beef-packing plant.  His film shows how the influx of immigrants changed the town dramatically as both locals and foreign-born residents adjusted. 

A free public screening of the "Strangers In Town" documentary will be at 12 p.m.  on Tuesday, January 29, at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd, Collaboration Lab (OCB 100), Overland Park, KS 66210. 

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.