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April 6, 2019

Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at https://newsroom.ap.org .

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ONLY ON AP

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RWANDA-GENOCIDED-RECONCILIATION — Twenty-five years after Rwanda’s genocide the country has six “reconciliation villages” where survivors and those convicted in the killing spree live side by side. Convicted killers released from prison re-integrate into society by publicly apologizing for their crimes. Survivors profess forgiveness. The villages are showpieces of President Paul Kagame’s policy of ethnic reconciliation. However, some critics say the communities are forced and the reconciliation is artificial. By Ignatius Ssuuna. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

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TOP STORIES

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TRUMP — Jewish voters in the U.S. have traditionally sided heavily with Democrats, but Republicans are hoping to narrow the gap next year, in part as President Donald Trump cites actions that he says show he’s more pro-Israel. Trump tries to make the case during a speech at the annual meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition, which supported his 2016 campaign and is preparing to spend millions on his 2020 effort. By Zeke Miller. SENT: 130 words, photos. Developing from speech after 2 p.m. EDT.

TRUMP-IMMIGRATION — President Donald Trump is growing increasingly exasperated by his inability to do more to halt the swelling numbers of migrants entering the United States. Experts say his own policies have caused so much chaos along the border that they may be encouraging illegal crossings. By Jill Colvin and Colleen Long. SENT: 960 words, photos.

OBIT-ERNEST ‘FRITZ’ HOLLINGS — Ernest F. “Fritz” Hollings, the silver-haired Democrat who helped shepherd South Carolina through desegregation as governor and went on to serve six terms in the U.S. Senate, has died. He was 97. Hollings, whose long and colorful political career included an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, retired from the Senate in 2005, one of the last of the larger-than-life Democrats who once dominated politics in the South. By Meg Kinnard. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, video.

ISRAELI ELECTION-AMERICAN JEWS — Donald Trump isn’t on the ballot for Israel’s election, but he’s a dominant factor for many American Jews as they assess the high stakes of the balloting. At its core, the election is a judgment on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has won the post four times previously but now faces corruption charges. Netanyahu has aligned closely with Trump — a troubling tactic for the majority of American Jewish voters who lean Democratic. By David Crary. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos. Eds: This story has moved as the Sunday Spotlight.

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WASHINGTON/POLITICS

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ELECTION 2020-BERNIE SANDERS SUPPORTERS — Persistent and stubborn, some Bernie Sanders supporters aren’t letting go of the slights from the 2016 presidential primary fight against Hillary Clinton. The frustration is notable now that Sanders, a 2020 front-runner, is himself playing down concerns about party bias and highlighting his success in bringing Democrats around on liberal policies they once resisted. SENT: 780 words, photos.

FACT CHECK-WEEK — President Trump beat a retreat on two fronts this past week, the border and health care, and offered tortured explanations both times. He also got his family history wrong in a speech that drew a link between wind power and cancer that has not been proved. SENT: 2,310 words, photos. Find AP Fact Checks at http://apne.ws/2kbx8bd

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NATIONAL

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MORMON CONFERENCE — A high-ranking leader with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints urged members Saturday during a church conference to root their families in the teachings of Christ to prepare their children for a world with “rampant immorality and addictive pornography.” Ulisses Soares, a member of a top governing panel called the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, cited church President Russell M. Nelson’s recent remarks about immorality in a speech saying members should welcome back family members and friends who have strayed from the right path and never reject them. SENT: 670 words, photos.

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INTERNATIONAL

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LIBYA — Forces loyal to rival Libyan army commander Khalifa Hifter said they seized control of the main airport in Libya’s capital Tripoli, two days after Hifter ordered his forces to seize the seat of Libya’s U.N.-backed government. Hifter’s media office said in a post online that they took full control of the Tripoli international airport and were working to secure the facility. They posted photos of troops apparently inside the airport, saying “we are standing at the heart of the Tripoli international airport.” SENT: 375 words, photo.

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SPORTS

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BKC--FINAL FOUR-AUBURN-VIRGINIA — Virginia, the only No. 1 seed to reach the Final Four, faces Auburn in a contrast of styles in the national semifinals. The Cavaliers slow the pace and suffocate opponents with their defense. The Tigers go at it fast and furious. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 6:09 p.m.

BKC--FINAL FOUR-MICHIGAN ST-TEXAS TECH — In a battle of top defenses, Cassius Winston leads Michigan State into a Final Four matchup against Jarrett Culver and Texas Tech. The Spartans, under coach Tom Izzo, can play a rough brand of ball. The Red Raiders have the best defense in a generation. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:49 p.m.