The scoop on Thursday, Oct. 1: 5 things to know this morning

A 39-page report written by investigators General Mike Bowers and Richard Hyde tells of several serious allegations against DeKalb County commissioners including handing taxpayer dollars to campaign workers, charities, a commissioner's boyfriend and more. The investigators also accuse Interim CEO Lee May of standing in the way and recommend him to resign immediately. Read more.

2. Braves shut out Nationals for 5th straight home win

The past two victories for the Atlanta team came against the divisional rival, the Washington Nationals. The Braves have had seven wins in 11 games and a five-game home winning streak. Read more.

3. Congress passes spending bill, averts shutdown

Congress passed a status quo Planned Parenthood spending bill on Wednesday just hours to spare before a possible shutdown. The majority of House Republicans voted against allowing federal funding to continue to flow to Planned Parenthood. Most of Georgia's House Republicans voted no and Georgia's two senators voted for the "clean" funding bill, eager to avoid a shutdown. Read more.

4. Falcons' 3-0 start boosts hopes for playoffs

First-year coach Dan Quinn opened the season with a 3-0 record. The Atlanta team is one of seven still undefeated in the NFL. Read more.

5. Two Ga. schools make top 100 best universities in the world

According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-16, Georgia Tech ranked at No. 41 and Emory University ranked at No. 90 of the world's best universities. Read more.