Quick Takes

CLASS OFFERED: C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc.’s next scheduled homebuyers’ education class will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 27 at the Mary H. Weir Public Library, 3442 Main St., Weirton.

Details and application can be downloaded at the “resources” tab at www.changeinc.org or pick up an application at any C.H.A.N.G.E. office location.

Register early to assure a spot.

For information, call (304) 797-7733, the outreach office (304) 845-8269 or the Newell office (304) 459-4010.

Spinoff: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced it will spin off the Magneti Marelli components business as part of its five-year plan to be announced in June.

FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said in a statement Thursday that the move would allow the Italian-American automotive company to focus on its core business while giving the components business “the operational flexibility” necessary for growth in the coming years.

Under the spin-off, shares will be distributed to FCA investors. The separation is expected to be completed by early 2019, with shares of Magneti Marelli listed on the Milan Stock Exchange.

Marchionne has promised investors a final business plan before stepping down early next year. During his tenure, he has spun off the CNH industrial group as well as Ferrari.

Harvest: Scientists in Antarctica have harvested their first crop of vegetables grown without earth, daylight or pesticides as part of a project designed to help astronauts cultivate fresh food on other planets.

Researchers at Germany’s Neumayer Station III say they’ve picked 8 pounds of salad greens, 18 cucumbers and 70 radishes grown inside a high-tech greenhouse as temperatures outside dropped below -4 Fahrenheit.

The German Aerospace Center DLR, which coordinates the project, said Thursday that by May scientists hope to harvest 8-11 pounds of fruit and vegetables a week.

While NASA has successfully grown greens on the International Space Station, DLR’s Daniel Schubert says the Antarctic project aims to produce a wider range of vegetables that might one day be grown on Mars or the Moon.

Suspended: Ride-hailing company Uber says it will suspend its service in Greece using private drivers following new legislation approved by the Greek parliament that placed stricter operating restrictions on the company.

In an e-mail sent to customers Thursday, the company said it would suspend its UberX service running in Athens at the end of the working day Monday “until the appropriate solutions are worked out.” However, it said it would continue operating its conventional taxi service.

Taxi drivers’ associations had pressed the government to make the legal changes and held a strike in Athens last month. They had argued that using private drivers was creating unfair competition at the expense of licensed drivers.

Addiction care: A new report shows large employers spent $2.6 billion to treat opioid addiction and overdoses in 2016, an eightfold increase since 2004. More than half went to treat employees’ children.

The analysis released Thursday by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation finds such spending cost companies and workers about $26 per enrollee in 2016.

Employers have been limiting insurance coverage of opioids because of concerns about addiction. The report finds spending on opioid prescriptions falling 27 percent from a peak in 2009.

Researchers analyzed insurance claims from employers with more than 1,000 workers. Most are self-insured, meaning they assume the financial risk.

Workers share the costs. Steve Wojcik of the National Business Group on Health says for every $5 increase, employers typically cover $4 and pass $1 to workers.

From staff and wire reports

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