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If there's a universal truth in politics, it's that no elected official wants to say they raised taxes. 

But town hall meetings to discuss property tax increases are especially popular this summer.

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Political Science professor David Shock specializes in local tax policy at Kennesaw State University. Shock said the improving economy and pressure to raise wages is partly to blame.

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Eleven-year-old Brian Toriz and his younger sister Ailin Toriz celebrate the Fourth of July at the City of Marietta's historic downtown square on Tuesday.
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Several thousand people lined the streets of Marietta for its Fourth of July "Freedom" parade Tuesday.

The Marietta High School band kicked off the parade, followed by Cobb County politicians, beauty pageant winners, fire trucks and school buses.

Cobb County resident Joe Webb said he lives 3 miles from SunTrust Park but comes to Marietta's parade every year.

Courtesy of Natalie Bernstein

We hear so much about the short attention spans of children and the death of the book. Some say that the archaic form of reading has been replaced by Kindles or iPads.

That’s not really the case, though.

Natalie Bernstein is elementary school librarian at Druid Hills' Paideia School  in Atlanta, Georgia. She’s preparing for the first day of school this Wednesday, and she took some time to speak with Lois Reitzes about children’s literature and how children cherish reading.

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Monday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

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Thursday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

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