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Ball being lowered in Grand Rapids gets makeover

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A lighted ball to be lowered at a western Michigan celebration on New Year's Eve has received a makeover to improve its energy efficiency. As part of its sponsorship of a celebration Tuesday in downtown Grand Rapids, utility Consumers Energy has replaced 450 halogen light bulbs used in previous years with light-emitting diode bulbs. The unit of Jackson-based CMS...