McClung concedes; AZ voter turnout; Ethnic studies law fight; Fireworks now legal to sell in Arizona

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Republican congressional candidate Ruth McClung stayed true to her word and Tuesday she finally conceded the congressional District 7 race to incumbent democrat Raul Grijalva.

McClung waited until the secretary of state's office canvassed the results of the November second election and made the vote official.

Grijalva won by a final margin of 9,540 ballots, about 6% of the vote.

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Voter turnout on election day was lower than expected.

The secretary of state's office reports nearly 56% of Arizona voters showed up at the polls this month. They'd predicted a 60% to 65% turnout; about the same as the last mid-term elections, in 2006. Yavapai County had the highest percentage of registered voters at the polls with 68%. Yuma had the lowest rate at just 46%.  Pima County followed Yavapai with 65.5%

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A fight brewing in Tucson Unified School District over whether to review ethnic studies programs.  A group called Tucsonans United for a Sound District, who submitted a letter calling for the review.

Tuesday a group trying to save the program called save Ethnic Studies Incorporated submitted its own letter. They say a review, "represents a presumption of guilt."  A state law banning ethnic studies goes into effect next month.

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Starting Wednesday, you can buy some kinds of fireworks in Arizona.

A new state law goes into effect December first that legalizes sparklers, fountains and snakes and other so-called 'consumer fireworks.'

Tucson firefighters Tuesday night demonstrated the safe way to use them when you obtain the proper city permit.

Municipalities cannot ban the sale of fireworks, but a dozen statewide have banned using them, including Tucson.