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S. Jordan man charged for allegedly lying about cancer

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah – Police say a South Jordan man lied about having cancer, then used the money he got to take his family to Disneyland.

Jeffrey Averett is charged with communications fraud, a third-degree felony.

Police say he told them he got nearly $600 from a church fundraiser and police say his wife got over $1,000 based on her husband’s perceived illness.

Averett is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 10.

Twilight’s ‘Breaking Dawn – Part 2′ opens in theaters

WEST JORDAN, Utah – Thousands of fans of the “Twilight” series lined up outside Utah theaters on Thursday night for the end of the movie series.

The first showings for “Breaking Dawn – Part 2″ start just after midnight. The movie is the fifth and final in the series that has already earned more than $1.1 billion.

FOX 13′s Todd Tanner was at Jordan Landing on Thursday night to catch some of the excitement.

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(CNN) — The story so far: Northwest teen Bella Swann falls in love with Edward Cullen, a mysteriously aloof, fair-skinned but exceedingly well-educated young man who confesses to being a “vegetarian” vampire.

Elementary students stack cups for a world record

RIVERTON, Utah -  Hundreds of elementary school kids joined thousands around the world in an attempt to break a world record.

Rosamond Elementary students are taking part in the World Speed Stacker Association’s push to break their own record of 412,000 kids stacking cups on the same day.

“It’s pretty cool to be trying to make the world record,” says fourth grader Sydney Freeman.

Cup stacking is a standard activity at Rosamond Elementary. Fourth grade teacher Laurie Benson has been teaching kids to play for years. She says it’s a fun, friendly activity.

“You can have a PE session right there at their desks in the classroom,” says Benson. “For short intervals during the day.”

Thursday the kids took over the gym, stacking cups large and small. The routine is set by the WSSA and consists of a series of three formations. The cycle is timed, and participants try to beat their own score.

Meeting discusses Granite schools’ music program

SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah – Some parents are hoping the Granite School District will not make elementary band or orchestra classes an after-school program. 

“These changes you’re proposing will be of great disservice to students,” says parent Trudi Rouse.

Rouses’ 11-year-old daughter plays violin and is among 3,400 elementary students who take instrumental music classes. Fifth and 6th graders are taught twice a week by music specialists and Rouse believes if those classes become an after-school program, the students will be short-changed. 

Granite administrators say the problem is that students are being pulled out of core subjects for 90 minutes of band instruction per week.

“They’re missing science, social studies or reading,” said Linda Mariotti, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Services with the Granite School District.

Mia Love isn’t bowing out of Utah’s 4th District Race

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, Utah - The small-town mayor of Saratoga Springs wants every vote counted. Mia Love says she was surprised by the election night results and points out there are still thousands of provisional and absentee ballots that have to be counted before anyone can be declared an official winner.

“On that night I was surprised; I was hoping to be a little further ahead. Disappointed? Yeah, Yeah. Absolutely,” said Mia Love in an interview with Fox 13′s Nineveh Dinha.

Love isn’t declaring victory but she isn’t bowing out either. Election night results put Congressman Jim Matheson ahead by 2,800 votes in Utah’s newly drawn 4th District. With 72,000 provisional and absentee ballots left to count, Love says, “You never know; the race is very close.”

Herriman residents pack City Council over proposed gun range

HERRIMAN, Utah – Hundreds of Herriman residents gathered at a City Council meeting on Thursday to discuss a proposed gun range in the south part of town. Some residents voiced their support of the range while others are concerned about the safety of residents and about fire danger.

The proposed gun range would be located in the foothills of Herriman a little more than a mile from the Juniper Point subdivision, which is home to Providence Hall Elementary.

The city held a gun range noise test in late October and asked residents to comment on their Facebook page about the noise and the proposed range.

Some residents said they support the range and aren’t concerned about possible noise.

Police seize 27 pounds of spice in smoke shop bust

KAYSVILLE, Utah – A smoke shop owner was arrested after a spice investigation by the Davis Metro Narcotics Strike Force.

Adel Al-Mukahel is the owner of Victor’s Smoke Shop in Kaysville and VIP Smokes and Hookah in South Jordan. Agents say that on multiple occasions, undercover agents were able to purchase spice from both stores.

Al-Mukahel and two other men were arrested for distribution of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.

Agents seized more than 27 pounds of spice and more than $230,000 in cash.