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Espada health facility faces loss of Medicaid

ALBANY (AP) -- The state will seek to revoke the Medicaid license of a Bronx health care facility being run by a former state senator indicted on federal charges of plundering it to fund a lavish lifestyle, according to a state official.

State officials accuse the Soundview clinic of lacking a "compliance program" that verifies Medicaid claims to make sure the costs are appropriate and of failing to file 2008 and 2009 federal tax forms, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Soundview's board, which includes relatives of former Sen. Pedro Espada Jr., D-Bronx, has kept him and his son, Pedro G. Espada, on the payroll, the official said.

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Commercial casinos under consideration

ALBANY (AP) -- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Tuesday his administration is determing whether to bring commercial, non-Indian casinos and related gambling to the state.

Cuomo said his administration is "actively" involved in the review that could lead to more than the current Indian-run casinos in the state.

That action would likely require legislation and possibly a state constitutional amendment, which could take years.

Cuomo said time had come for the state to "come to grips" with commercial casinos and gaming because of extensive and lucrative gambling in the state and in neighboring states.

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Derailment delays train traffic all day

NEW YORK (AP) -- Two cars on a commuter train derailed Tuesday as they headed under the Hudson River, briefly stranding hundreds of passengers and snarling rail traffic throughout the Northeast for the rest of the day and into the evening rush hour.

The accident forced authorities to shut down one of the two rail tunnels used by Amtrak and New Jersey Transit trains between Manhattan and New Jersey. Both inbound and outbound trains were sharing the remaining tunnel, an Amtrak spokesman said.

No one was injured.

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