Here are our picks for the top local stories to start your day:

Ducks in the Potomac. (Linda Davidson/TWP)

Va. lawmakers reject key amendments. Gov. McDonnell’s requests were nixed on a day of dust-ups over the appointment of a gay judge.

Trying to save K Street’s grandeur. The last trace of the old K Street is threatened with demolition.

‘Good news in wine country’ — for some. Tourist attractions or poorly-regulated taverns? The Virginia Supreme Court makes a decision.

Coming up on PostLocal:

Evidence in George Huguely’s trial is expected to be displayed in Charlottesville Tuesday and Wednesday. The exhibits go on temporary public display nearly three months after Huguely was convicted of his ex-girlfriend Yeardley Love’s murder.

Voters in D.C.’s Ward 5 head to the polls Tuesday to vote for a replacement for Harry Thomas Jr., the ex-council member who pleaded guilty to stealing city funds.

— Special sessions in the Maryland and Virginia legislatures are expected to wind down Tuesday.