Former KTRE CEO falls ill after primary loss

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - An unsuccessful primary bid turned more serious as the indicted mayor of Jackson, Miss., was rushed to a hospital after the polls closed.

Sixty-year-old Mayor and former KTRE CEO Frank Melton, with a history of heart trouble, is being treated today at a Jackson hospital. A city spokeswoman says Melton is resting and will undergo tests.

Melton yesterday was rushed to the hospital by ambulance after the polls closed in the Democratic mayoral primary.

Unofficial results show Melton came in third behind ex-mayor Harvey Johnson and city councilman Marshand Crisler.

Democrats tried to kick Melton off the ballot, claiming his primary residence is in Tyler, Texas, where his physician wife has a home -- but a judge ruled Melton lives in Jackson.

The former TV executive faces trial, a second time, on federal civil rights charges related to a 2006 attack on a duplex he considered a crackhouse.