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Stateside: Utilities say turn down heat; MSU’s mishandling of campus crime; House of David history

a thermostat with blue dial on white wall
Dan LeFebvre
An alert sent out Tuesday night asked Michiganders to turn down their thermostat to reduce stress on natural gas supplies and the electric grid during brutal cold across the Midwest.

Today on Stateside, we find out why Michigan utilities asked customers to turn down their heat during record-breaking cold weather in the Midwest. Plus, a new report finds Michigan State University violated federal campus safety laws. The report also includes new information about MSU officials who were told about Larry Nassar's abuse and failed to report it to authorities. 

Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below.

During record-breaking cold, utilities ask Midwesterners to turn down thermostats to avoid shutoffs

Stateside's conversation with Tracy Samilton

  • It was a startling moment last night across Michigan, when a cell phone alert hit everyone's cell phones. It asked residents to turn down the thermostat to 65 degrees in order to conserve energy and avoid the need for shutoffs.
  • Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton walks us through why utilities want to reduce gas and electricity usage, and what would have happned if some manufacturing companies hadn’t agreed to throttle down production. 

Scathing federal report on MSU’s handling of campus crime includes new reports of Nassar abuse

Stateside's conversation with Kate Wells

  • Last year, spurred by the Larry Nassar case, federal education officials launched an investigation of Michigan State University's compliance with the Clery Act. The act requires schools to inform the public about safety issues on campus. The investigation, released Wednesday by MSU, found that the university repeatedly failed to comply with the law. 
  • We hear from Michigan Radio’s Kate Wells about what this report says about safety on MSU’s campus, possible consequences the school may face, and what all of this tells us about the lack of transparency at MSU. 

The “perplexing, contradictory” history of Michigan’s House of David religious colony

Mismatch podcast's episode "The House That Beard Built"

  • Things do not always fit together easily or neatly. But truthfully, life would be pretty boring if they did.That’s the idea behind the podcast Mismatch, which is now launching its second season. Mismatch is hosted by veteran Detroit reporter Roger Weber and produced by Zak Rosen. Rosen joined Stateside to talk about the third episode of the podcast's new season, titled “The House that Beards Built." The episode follows the “perplexing, contradictory” story of the House of David religious colony in Benton Harbor.

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