As part of the automatic spending cuts triggered as a result of Congress's failure to agree on a deficit reduction plan, the federal government denied state governments their 50 percent share of royalties and lease payments for oil, gas and coal extraction from federal lands, The Gillette News Record reports. Western lawmakers and governors protested, and last week the U.S. Department of the Interior announced that "a legal review of the underlying Mineral Leasing Act prompted them to change course." The money will be returned after the end of the fiscal year and so far totals approximately $110.86 million. Of that total, Ohio will receive $11,798, while the biggest recipient, Wyoming, will receive more than $53 million, the article said. For more, read the full story.