Northam signs order outlawing discrimination

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed an order outlawing discrimination in the state workforce as his first official act.

Northam, a Democrat, signed the executive order Saturday shortly after taking the oath of office as the 73rd governor of Virginia.

The executive order mirrors one previously issued by Northam's predecessor, Terry McAuliffe.

The order also directs state agencies to try and recruit qualified minority, women, disabled and older job applicants.

Northam, who won last November's election thanks in part to a strong surge in voters unhappy with President Donald Trump, has pledged to make Virginia more welcoming.