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New Research Explores Thriving Plants On Former Coal Lands, This West Virginia Morning


On this West Virginia Morning, a WVU researcher is studying a plant that can help restore surface mine properties by creating missing topsoil and capturing carbon out of the air and storing it underground. The above ground plants can also be used as biomass which can be turned into biofuels or even particle board.

News Director Eric Douglas spoke with Jennifer Kane, a postdoctoral student in plant and soil sciences from the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design. Kane is studying the plant Miscanthus. She grew up in Raleigh County and has first-hand knowledge of the abandoned mine lands she is looking to improve.

Also, in this show, an entire city in Jefferson County, Kentucky is slated to disappear, thanks to a relatively new law in the state. But few know the city of Poplar Hills even exists. WFPL’s Justin Hicks reports the city government went defunct years ago and now the state is trying to get rid of these so-called “ghost cities.”

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Eric Douglas is our news director and produced this episode.

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