veterans affairs en Former Rep. Eddie Ballard Dies <p>Praise is pouring in for former Kentucky Rep. Eddie Ballard of Madisonville, who died Tuesday at age 81.&nbsp;&nbsp; The Hopkins County Democrat, who retired from the legislature last year,&nbsp;had served in the&nbsp; Kentucky House since 1987.&nbsp; He was chairman of the Tourism, Development and&nbsp;Energy Committee and vice-chair of the State Government committee.&nbsp; Tue, 31 May 2011 21:49:24 +0000 Tony McVeigh, Kentucky Public Radio 5188 at Former Rep. Eddie Ballard Dies