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Miller-Meeks Leaving IDPH

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Gov. Terry Branstad says the director of the Iowa Department of Public Health has resigned.
   Branstad announced the resignation of Mariannette Miller-Meeks on Thursday.
   Miller-Meeks, an Ottumwa ophthalmologist and Republican who twice ran unsuccessfully for Congress in Iowa's 2nd Congressional District, recently was criticized for comments she made at an October event that were highlighted in a Lee newspaper story about food aid. In those remark, Miller-Meeks inaccurately stated that the top item bought with food stamps in Iowa is Mountain Dew.
   The statement isn't true and an agency spokeswoman later said "she regrets that she miscommunicated the information."
   Miller-Meeks says she will explore job opportunities, as well as a potential third congressional run. She says she chose to leave and that she and the governor are on good terms.

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