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NC conservative activist quits $95K health job

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A North Carolina anti-abortion activist and tea party organizer is quitting her $95,000-a-year job as a senior Medicaid adviser after a year.

The state Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday that Margaret “Mardy” Peal is resigning next month. The single mother said she wanted more time with her family.

Peal helped state DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos craft the agency’s plan to revamp the state Medicaid program by building on existing networks of doctors and hospitals. The plan stalled in the Legislature.

Peal earned a master’s degree in health education and worked as a lecturer at East Carolina University for three years in the 1990s before becoming a stay-at-home mom. She worked briefly at a small Christian school attended by her children before Wos hired her last September.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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