What's News Today: Monday, November 16

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(WSLS 10) - Leaf collection begins today in the city of Roanoke. Crews will collect leaves that are bagged in biodegradable paper bags. Put the bags at the curb for pickup on your normal trash collection day. Additional collections takes place the week of November 30th and December 14th.

Today is the early registration deadline for the Drumstick Dash. Early registration guarantees your t-shirt size. Starting tomorrow the fee to enter the race increases three to five dollars. All proceeds from the event benefit the Roanoke Rescue Mission. Last year more than 13,000 people participated.

A new burger, shake and fry restaurant opens in Blacksburg today. Highway 55 opens its doors today at University Mall Shopping Center. This is the North Carolina based chain's first location in southwest Virginia and second in the state.

The Monogram Loves Kids Foundation hosts an awards ceremony today for recipients of grants. A total $25,000 will be given to charities in Martinsville and Henry County including the United Way and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area. The foundation is the fundraising arm of Monogram Foods.

This is National Collection Week for Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child. It's an outreach project that delivers shoe boxes filled with gifts to kids around the world living in countries affected by war, poverty and natural disasters. There are seven collection sites around southwest Virginia where you can drop off gift filled boxes this week.

Junior Achievement of Southwest Virginia celebrates Entrepreneurship Week. The organization will have business owners in high school classrooms through the Roanoke Valley sharing their stories about why they chose their career paths. Research conducted by the group shows that students across the country look up to business leaders and are looking for mentors to gain a better understand as they plan for the future.

The trial against the man charged with attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer and shooting in an occupied building will be in court for the first day of his trial. According to police, Dennis Wright went into Friendship Retirement Community with a gun then fired at a police officer.

The National Junior College Athletic Association's Division 1 Men's Soccer Tournament gets underway today in Henry County. Twelve teams from across the nation will compete starting today for the national title at the Smith River Sports Complex. Tickets start at $10. The tournament continues through Saturday.