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Jackson residents are spending a final weekend dragging loads of leaves around town.

A court ruling against the city led to an unusual leaf pick up in Jackson.

Like in most suburban communities, homeowners in Jackson are used to raking leafs into large piles at the curb, where city workers scoop the leaves up and take them away.  But not this year.

The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled the storm water fee the city charged to pay for the leaf pick up was actually an illegal tax.

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Wet leaves, cider, campfire — for many Michiganders, these are the smells of fall.

But our friends over at WNYC’s Radiolab wanted to get an idea of what autumn smells like all over the world.

So with the help of Google Maps and talented olfactory nerves, the Radiolab crew is compiling a map that highlight the scent of autumn around the U.S. and beyond.

Here are some the responses so far from Michigan. Leaves seem to be the big winner:

  • “Salt, smoke and sweet rotting apples”

  • “Leaf-burning, skunks”

  • “Cider spices and dead leaves”

  • “Cold, crispy leaves and firepits”

  • “Musky leaves”

And the rest of the world:

  • “Roasted chestnuts and sea salt” - Istanbul, Turkey

  • “Roasted chestnuts, cigarette smoke, wet asphalt, diesel fumes, fresh-baked bread” - Lyon, France

  • “Salt and damp seaweed” - Coronado, CA

  • “Its spring here [sic]” - Melbourne, Australia

- Melanie Kruvelis, Michigan Radio Newsroom

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Autumn is a lovely time in Jackson.    But people living along Jackson‘s tree lined streets will face a problem this Fall: How to get rid of all those falling leaves?

It’s something of a suburban ritual.   Once the leaves fall, homeowners rake them into the street to be cleared away.     But not this fall in Jackson.

The city recently lost a legal challenge to its storm water fee.   The Court of the Appeals ruled the fee was actually an illegal tax.  

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Some Jackson city employees are getting layoff notices this morning.

The layoffs come as city leaders come to grips with a court ruling striking down Jackson’s storm water fee.

This month, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled Jackson’s storm water fee was an illegal tax.   The city has decided not to appeal the ruling.

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Michigan’s fall foliage tourism business has been enjoying an unusually good fall season.    Clear skies and warm temperatures have been keeping the leaves on the trees longer and tourists coming.   

David Lorenz is with Travel Michigan.   He says the state’s travel website has seen an uptick in people visiting in recent weeks.  

"That’s probably also a sign that people are recognizing ….they were hearing good news about fall colors this year  and they wanted to get out and enjoy it," says Lorenz.