North Carolina

North Carolina shoppers who buy energy-saving appliances this weekend won't have to pay sales tax. The tax holiday began today and continues through Sunday.

Savings apply to qualified products that meet Energy Star efficiency guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy.

Qualified products may include items like clothes washers, freezers, refrigerators, central air conditioners, ceiling fans, and dehumidifiers, among others. Also, purchases by businesses are not tax-free.

By Fred Wasser

Rembrandt. We know the name, but do we know the work? A new exhibition is at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh.

“Rembrandt in America” highlights both the authentic and inauthentic Rembrandt paintings – side by side.

Fred Wasser has this story of the artist and those who copied him.

NOTE: The North Carolina Museum of Art is a WHQR contributor.

If you lived in Holland in the mid-1600s – and wanted a portrait of yourself, and had the money -- Rembrandt was the go-to person. Museum curator Dennis Weller:

NC Searches for Eugenics Victims

Oct 31, 2011

The Governor’s Eugenics Task Force met in Raleigh last week to discuss its recommendations for compensating victims of the state’s sterilization program, which ended in 1974.  WHQR’s  Sara Wood reports the group heard recommendations for outreach options to help find more victims.

A team of archeologists pulled a 1-ton, nearly 3-hundred-year-old cannon from the wreck of Blackbeard’s flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge. WHQR’s Michelle Bliss reports that recovering the cannon is just the first step in a conservation process that will span many years.

Blackbeard’s ship sank off the coast of North Carolina near Beaufort in 1718. After nearly three centuries underwater, the cannon is covered with thick masses of sand, salt, and sea creatures.