COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – A Columbia grocer who was convicted of violating federal sanctions against Iraq by sending money overseas is getting ready to start a three-year prison sentence later this month. Former University of Missouri nuclear scientist Shakir Hamoodi pleaded guilty to sending about $200,000 to family, friends and charities in his native Iraq.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Some western Missouri residents will get a surprise next month when their electric bills are lowered because of a decline in fuel prices. Regulators say monthly electric bills will decline about $1.91 for the average residential customer in KCP&L’s Missouri Public Service area. Meanwhile, customers in the company’s St. Joseph Power & Light territory will see an average decline of $1.47 per month.

ST. LOUIS (AP) – The United Way of Greater St. Louis is trying to raise $72 million through its annual fundraising campaign that kicks off next month. The United Way supports more than 170 agencies in the St. Louis area.

JEFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Missouri Department of Conservation is working to get rid of feral hogs from its property around the state. Authorities say the wild hogs are damaging crops and habitat and have become especially troublesome during the current drought.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the armed robberies of three banks in Missouri and Illinois last year. Thirty-three-year-old Jerry Chambers was sentenced in federal court yesterday. Authorities say Chambers robbed a bank in St. Louis and two across the Mississippi River in Illinois.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Police Department is pushing back the date for its move to a new headquarters. Police Chief Dan Isom says the projected move-in date is now around the middle of 2014. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports a disagreement over the bidding process delayed the project.

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Donors have stepped forward to make sure a rally to support Muslims in Joplin will go ahead as planned. The Joplin mosque rally will be held Saturday at Landreth Park. The event was organized after a suspicious fire destroyed the Islamic Society of Joplin’s mosque earlier this month.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — An English teacher in suburban St. Louis has won the state’s highest teaching honor. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has named Cathy Cartier the Missouri Teacher of the Year for 2012-13. The Affton High School teacher will be honored in October at a banquet in Jefferson City.