Uruguay http://www.kunc.org en Uruguay Gives Initial OK To State-Controlled Marijuana Industry http://www.kunc.org/post/uruguay-gives-initial-ok-state-controlled-marijuana-industry Uruguay is poised to create a state-licensed marijuana industry, after the country's lower house of Congress passed a controversial bill late Wednesday detailing how the government would regulate marijuana — from its production and import to marketing and distribution. The move would be a first.<p>NPR's South America correspondent Lourdes Garcia-Navarro tells our <em>Newscast</em> unit that the landmark bill now goes to the Senate, where it is expected to sail through.<p>Lourdes reports:<p><blockquote><p>"Uruguay is set to become the first nation to produce and distribute marijuana. Thu, 01 Aug 2013 15:54:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 47799 at http://www.kunc.org Uruguay Gives Initial OK To State-Controlled Marijuana Industry Not Local Food, And Not Afraid To Say It http://www.kunc.org/post/not-local-food-and-not-afraid-say-it <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYhGvhBE0U8</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 14:53:00 +0000 46232 at http://www.kunc.org Not Local Food, And Not Afraid To Say It Uruguay's Drugs Policy: Regulating Market For Pot http://www.kunc.org/post/uruguays-drugs-policy-regulating-market-pot Increasing drug use and narcotrafficking has made some Latin American countries among the most violent places on Earth. Tue, 02 Oct 2012 07:20:00 +0000 34479 at http://www.kunc.org Uruguay's Drugs Policy: Regulating Market For Pot Lawmakers In Uruguay Vote To Legalize Abortion http://www.kunc.org/post/lawmakers-uruguay-vote-legalize-abortion Uruguayan lawmakers have very narrowly approved a bill allowing women limited access to abortion. As the <em>Los Angeles Times</em> reports, it's a big change for a country that outlaws the procedure. Should it take effect, Uruguayan women can <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/09/uruguay-debate-law-abortion-bill.html">legally terminate their pregnancies</a> in the first 12 weeks.<p>There are conditions. Women must justify their decision to a three member panel comprised of a medical doctor, a mental health professional and a social worker. Wed, 26 Sep 2012 15:30:00 +0000 Korva Coleman 34215 at http://www.kunc.org Carnaval In Uruguay: Choir Competitions In The Streets http://www.kunc.org/post/carnaval-uruguay-choir-competitions-streets Uruguay boasts that it has the longest Carnival celebration not just in Latin America, but the world. The 40-day celebration is dotted with makeshift stages all around the capital city of Montevideo for performances of choral music called <em>murga</em>. Murga is both entertainment and a sociopolitical commentary that survived the military dictatorship of the 1970s.<p>Murga songs like "Los Curtidores de Hongos," which tells the story of the oldest murga choir in Uruguay, feature a guttural, forceful tone of singing that has been with the style from the beginning. Tue, 28 Feb 2012 20:30:00 +0000 Martina Castro 23106 at http://www.kunc.org Carnaval In Uruguay: Choir Competitions In The Streets