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Nearly a month after the primary elections were held, the state Election Board on Tuesday certified the results of a House of Representatives race in the Tulsa area.
Oklahoman Published: August 25, 2010
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HOUSE RACE results OK

Nearly a month after the primary elections were held, the state Election Board on Tuesday certified the results of a House of Representatives race in the Tulsa area. Board members earlier this month approved the results of the July 27 primary elections, except for the Democratic House District 68 race because voting irregularities were raised. Troy Zickefoose, who lost by four votes in the race, eventually dropped his challenge. Zickefoose also asked for a recount, but manual recounts of Tulsa County and Creek County precincts resulted in Zickefoose and Seth Watkins, of Tulsa, each picking up one vote, leaving Watkins with an 863-859 victory.


bullying policies eyed

Rep. Anastasia Pittman said Tuesday that tougher school policies against bullying need to be enacted to protect students such as the 11-year-old Perkins boy who committed suicide earlier this year after he had reportedly been bullied at school. Pittman, D-Oklahoma City, said she plans to reintroduce a measure in the upcoming session that would allow administrators to document the first, second and third bullying offenses and require teachers to do a follow-up in 30 days. The information also would be included in records of students being transferred. She said some teachers and school administrators may be unaware of a bully with prior incidents being transferred to their school.

MICHAEL MCNUTT, CAPITOL BUREAU


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