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AUG 27, 2013 - Boston Herald

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Feds to restore cuts in mineral payments to states

BILLINGS, Mont. — Dozens of states will receive an estimated total of $110 million in mineral leasing payments from the federal government following a dispute over automatic spending cuts that drew a backlash from lawmakers in the West.Interior officials previously defended the cuts by saying they had no choice in the matter under budget rules now in place.But they said Tuesday that a months-long legal review of the Mineral Leasing Act determined the money must be paid to states at a later date.

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